Artist Spotlight: James Miller

Performing the FIRST recital of the 2018 ITF, at NOON on Wednesday, July 11, is James Miller, Associate Principal Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


An Iowa native, Jim’s recital will feature some of his original works for trombone, and it looks like his personality and sense of humor will be center stage.  “Buddha’s Hemherroids,” a movement from his work “Delays, Delays,” promises to be “enlightening” (sorry, we couldn’t resist), and his duet, “teuD Duet,” is not only a fun play on words (it should be fun to see how this works out musically), but will also feature Denson Paul Pollard on bass trombone.

To get a feel for Jim’s sense of humor, check out a bit of silliness (and some incredible tromboning) in the video below – a duet with Alex Iles.

Jim has performed with the LA Phil since 1999. His duties include performing on alto, tenor, and bass trombone; tenor tuba; and bass trumpet. His previous orchestral experience includes the North Carolina Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. Miller earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Per Brevig.

His playing experience includes performances with the Silk Road Ensemble, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Ensemble ST-X, the Michael Bublé Big Band, and a variety of jazz, rock, ska, and Latin ensembles. He has been a participant in the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Ojai Music Festival, as well as performing as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series. As a composer, he has had world premieres in New York’s Lincoln Center and continues to perform his own works in solo performances throughout the country. He serves on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California Los Angeles.

See you in Iowa City!