The band is directed by Jim Miller, truly one of the old pros whose musical life began in the heyday of the Big Band Era, a "Trombonist's Trombonist." With the rich, mellow sound of Tommy Dorsey (he still uses one of Tommy's mutes), Miller continues today a career of over 40 years, playing with and leading some of America's great big bands.
Born in Hollywood, Calif., Miller's first break came with a Latin group from Phoenix, Ariz.
In 1953 he got the call to join the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. Joining the U.S. Navy in 1955, he spent the next 24 years playing in and leading Navy bands before audiences including five U.S. presidents and leaders of every South American nation.
In 1970 Miller was selected to lead the NORAD Commanders, the only multi-service, bi-national band ever formed in the U.S. with band members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces. This incredible 18-piece band was featured on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and performed at Carnegie Hall.
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