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Delandria Mills

Flutist/Singer/Songwriter/Educator Delandria Mills is carving a place in the music industry with her unique combination of jazz, classical, and gospel music. A native of Houston, Texas, Delandria holds music degrees from Prairie View A&M University. She earned two graduate degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of Music: a masters degree in classical flute and a graduate performance diploma in jazz . As a classical flutist, she has served as principal flutist of the Baytown Symphony and assistant/associate principal flutist while at Peabody. Her teachers included Dr. Wendy Issac Bergin, Hubert Laws, Emily Skala, Paula “Boots” Hatcher, Horace Alexander Young, and Marina Piccinini. Delandria's musical approach combines her beautifully velvet style, soulful interpretation, and extensive musical training to add dimension to her work, with the influences of Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Kim Burrell, and many other classical, jazz, and gospel artists, to produce a distinct sound. Since beginning her musical journey Delandria has collaborated with a number the industry's finest jazz and gospel artists. Delandria has performed all over the world from Texas to Croatia. With a fluctuating ensemble which she is founder of, The Global Presents, brings forth music that inspires a global audience. Her impeccable skills earned her the top prize at the National Flute Association's Jazz Flute Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003 and led to her being selected as one of six international young women to win the International Association of Jazz Educators' Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Competition in 2005, which resulted in a European tour. She served in the critically acclaimed band behind gospel pioneer Tye Tribbett Soundcheck from 2003 until 2008, in 2011 she toured with one of her mentors, famed jazz flutist, Hubert Laws, and in 2012 with tenor saxophonist the legendary Billy Harper. As a recording artist, Delandria has been featured on recordings by Fertile Ground (Black Is, 2004), The Kevin Robinson Ensemble (The GOD Factor, 2004), Adidam (Adidam, 2004), Tye Tribbett (Ideas and Concepts, 2004, Life, 2004, Victory, 2005, and Standout, 2007), Judith Christie McCalister (Sound the Trumpet, 2008), and Baltimore's own Micah Smith. Fall 2010 marked her release of three CDs on which Mills is showcased her versatility: Kingdom Goes Classical,Be Opened EP, and Be Happy. Since then she has released a breathtaking project entitled Just Breathe (2011), an award winning holiday CD entitled Home for the Holidays (2012), Ephphatha (2014), and Resonance is to be released in 2015.

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The artists torch being passed from Hubert Laws to Delandria Mills!!! Delandria is the the real deal. Both in her inherent abilities ... but in the work she puts into her gifted-ness to become the master of music on her instrument that she is. Hubert Laws as we know, is an ascended master ... but the big question is who will carry the torch he has taken to the to the highest level? Well, my understanding is ... among all the young Flutists out there today. Delandria is the heir apparent to carry the torch now and beyond. Like so many torch bearers recognized today it makes a monumental difference that those that will possess the profound artistry and brilliance to contribute to this music should and need to be recognized for their “stepping up” and contributing to this “River of Truth” and Delandria is all that! —George Heid Sr, Heid Studios, Pittsburgh, PA

Delandria has a presence and a sound on the flute that you won’t soon forget

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Primary Instrument

Flute

Location

Baltimore, MD

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

Friends School, Private Flute Instructor, 2009-present Greenmount School, Music Teacher, 2009-present Kenpo Tiger Summer Camp - Summer 2009 Gardenville Elem. School- Instrumental Music, 2008- 2009 Pinderhughes Elem.,Flute,Clarinet, & Keyboard Instructor, Enterprise Foundation, 2004- 2009 Enterprise Community Partners- Flute, Clarinet, and Keyboard Instruction, 2002-Present McHenry Recreation Ctr., Music Instructor, Sound Art of Baltimore, 2001-04 Eubie Blake Jazz Cultural Ctr., Music Instructor for the Saturday Music School, 2002-05 Baltimore School for the Arts- Satelite program, Music Instructor, Hoffberger Foundation, 2000-03 Bane Elem., K-5 General Music Teacher, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, 1998-2000 Shotwell Middle School, Private Flute Instructor, 1996-2000 Wilson Intermediate School, Private Flute Instructor, 1996-2000 Pershing Middle School, Private Flute Instructor, 1993-1998

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