Butch Miles was born in Ironton, Ohio on July 4, 1944 and
raised in West Virginia. He started playing the snare drum at
age 9 in his school band. He became interested in drumset at
age 14 and started drum lessons with Frank Thompson in
Charleston, West Virginia at age 15. He soon joined the union
and began playing with dance bands. Butch's first big break
was with Mel Torme's band in 1971.
Butch's first drum hero was Gene Krupa, but he listened to
every drummer he possibly could. Other favorite drummers
were Papa Jo Jones, Chick Webb, Roy Haynes, Joe Morello,
Louie Bellson and Buddy Rich. Butch cites the great Count
Basie drummer, Sonny Payne, as a major influence.
Miles is a clinician for the Ludwig Drum Company and is
currently touring with the world famous Count Basie