David Miller

Director, Mason Gross Jazz Institute for Teens and Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble

Trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator Dave Miller was born in Waukegan, Illinois. In Miller's youth, his father would play records of Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Louis Armstrong, and Oscar Peterson, which the family would enjoy together.
At age 10 Miller began playing the trombone. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy. He continued his studies at the University of North Texas where he studied with the legendary Don Jacoby. He left college to go on the road with the Artie Shaw’s Band.
In 1991 Miller went to NYC to rehearse with the Temptations for a tour of South Africa at the invitation of Nelson Mandela. The tour fell through, but Miller stayed in New York and began working in the Latin music scene, performing and recording with Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, La India, Johnny Pacheco, and many others.
In 1999 Miller joined the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra, with whom he recorded and toured internationally. Miller has also performed and recorded with Clark Terry, Eddie Palmieri, Les Paul, Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, Al Grey, Bobby Sanabria, Junior Cook, Chico Hamilton, and many others. He has studied with Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, Conrad Herwig, and Stanley Cowell. He currently teaches beginning band in Randolph, is the director of the Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble at the Mason Gross Extension Division, and free-lances in New York City.
  • Associated Programs

    Artie Shaw Big Band 
    The Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra
    Les Paul
    Celia Cruz
    Frank Foster
  • Courses Taught

    Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble 

  • Education

    • MM and BM in jazz studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts
    • University of North Texas
    • Interlochen Arts Academy
    Don Jacoby
    Curtis Fuller
    Slide Hampton
    Conrad Herwig
    Stanley Cowell
  • Awards

    • Scholarship, Interlochen Arts Academy
    Performed on multiple Grammy winning recordings
    Garden State Art's Foundation Scholarship
  • Expertise

    • Jazz Ensemble
    • Jazz Trombone
    • Improvisation