COUNTRY United States
GROUP MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
Ben F. Miller is Professor of Music at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, where he serves as Assistant Band Director and Percussion Instructor. Dr. Miller also conducts the Marshall University Symphonic Band and is a member of the M.U. Jazz Faculty.
A native of Joliet, Illinois, he received his B.M.E. degree from Indiana University and M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. Dr. Miller teaches applied percussion, teaches percussion techniques classes for music education students and conducts the Symphonic Band. Dr. Miller is the former Timpanist and Principal Percussionist with the Cedar Rapids (IA) and West Virginia Symphonies and serves in a similar capacity with the Huntington Symphony and Pops Orchestras. He is the founder and leader of the "Flat Baroque (mostly) Marimba Quartet." Dr. Miller is the drummer for the Marshall University Faculty Jazz Ensemble "Bluetrane." As a freelance performer, Ben is active in the tri-state region of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. A popular guest artist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator Dr. Miller has presented concerts and clinics throughout the United States. Many elementary school students know Ben as "Professor Boom Boom" who demonstrates his unique collection of percussion instruments from around the world and addresses the similarities of various cultures through percussion instruments and rhythm. He is associated with the Pearl Drum, SABIAN Cymbal, Mike Balter Mallet, Pro-Mark Drum Stick companies as a clinician and consultant. He is Past President of the West Virginia Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.) and is a member of the International P.A.S. Education and University Pedagogy Committees. He is also the West Virginia Chairperson for the National Band Association and is a member of MENC, IAJE, the American Federation of Musicians and the Central States Judging Association.