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Marcus L. Miller

Artist/percussionist, composer, and educator Marcus L. Miller is a multi-talented artist based in Southern California. Since his arrival in CA in 1993, Miller has worked tirelessly in the music and education fields, carving out a unique niche for himself and his abilities.

Miller is bandleader of his World/Jazz ensemble Freedom Jazz Movement. Miller founded the group in 1998 and since then they have played throughout the East and West coasts of North America. Miller writes the music for the group and usually performs with his jazz sextet. The group's size ranges from a duo to a 12 piece ensemble including three percussionists, a three piece horn section, traps, bass, piano, vocals, poet, and dancer. Based in Los angeles, the group performs often with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre at various theatres throughout the United States and internationally.

Among his various positions, Miller serves as President Universe Soul Records, and Co-Owner TaMar Productions, Music Director for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Artistic Director/Founder Young Drummers of Los Angeles, Music Consultant for St. Elmo Village and William Grant Still art center. Miller is also a member of SESAC, ASCAP, AFTRA, and the Recording Academy. Marcus endorses Remo drumheads & drums, Electro Voice microphones, Regal Tip drumsticks, Rhythm Tech percussion, and Istanbul cymbals. Marcus plays DW jazz series collectors edition drums.

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“Mercurial...A galvanizing jazz ensemble” - L.A. Times, “Electrifying and Energetic!” - Durham Sun, “A tasteful fusion bag” - L.A Weekly, “Cacophonous & Multihued...Miller’s fine band” -Orange County register, “Psychedelic, swirling jazz beats recalling the ‘70s &‘80s” -Portfolio Magazine, “Dynamite!” - The Virginian Pilot
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Chesapeake (VA) public School System 1992 New Roads School percussion teacher 1998-2002 Community Harvest Charter School percussion teacher 2002-2006 Ocean Charter School 2005-present William Grant Still art center percussion instructor 2003-present Lula Washington Dance Theatre drum teacher 1998-present Private Drum teacher 1989-present;over 100 students serviced $50/hr-children 6-17; $75/hr-adults 18+

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