Darrin C. Milling

Bass Trombone Artist

Darrin C. Milling

Darrin C. Milling

Trombonista Baixo, Low Brass Project

Instrument Specs

  • Model: B454
  • Bell: 987CF
  • Slide: B-DB-AN
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow Dual Radius
  • Leadpipe: None
  • Model: B454
  • Bell: 987
  • Slide: B-DB
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow Single Radius
  • Leadpipe: B3 Brass

Artist Comments

"The Edwards Instrument Company produces a bass trombone for each type of performer and for every musical genre. It's wonderful to have a manufacturer that accompanies the individual needs of musicians."

Darrin C. Milling, bass trombone principal of São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) since 1998, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is co-founder of Low Brass Project chamber ensemble (USA), Low Brass Project Brazil , São Paulo Brass Quintet, a founding member of Posaune Decuple, and performs duo concerts with Brazilian-Canadian pianist Deborah Fernandes Nilson in Duo das Américas , with South Korean pianist Sin Ae Lee in The Heritage Duo Ensemble and alongside Brazilian pianist Myrian Aubin in The Aubin & Milling Duo. In addition, he developed two contrasting programs for cello and bass trombone, including Duo Musica Viva with Brazilian cellist Marialbi Trisolio and Duo Meirelles & Milling with Brazilian cellist Heloisa Meirelles.

Milling has appeared as soloist in front of the DePaul Chamber Orchestra, Chester Community Concert Band, the São Paulo State Youth Symphonic Band, Luzerne Music Center's Symphonic Band (NY), Academic Band of the International Music Festival in Pelotas, Brazil, and on countless chamber concerts throughout the US, Europe, China and Latin America. His solo and chamber performances have been broadcasted on, former, Radio WFLN 95.7 (Philadelphia, PA), Radio WMHT 89.1 (Schenectady, NY), National Public Radio (Albany, NY) and there is a diverse offering of recorded material on Darrin's Youtube Channel.

As an orchestral musician, he has recorded for Argo, BIS, BMG, Chandos, Decca and Naxos labels, appeared on Maryland Public Television with Baltimore Symphony, a European Television promotional with The Philadelphia Orchestra and appears frequently on TV Cultura in Brazil in his current post.

Prior to winning an international audition in New York City, in 1997, to join Brazil's flagship orchestra, Darrin previously held bass trombone positions with Pennsylvania Opera Theater Orchestra, the former Bridgeton Symphony (NJ), the former Haddonfield Symphony (NJ), Naples Philharmonic (FL) and was a fellowship participant of New World Symphony's Orchestral Academy, National Repertory Orchestra and Spoleto Festival orchestras (US and Italy). His first tour abroad as bass trombonist took him to Asia when he was 13 years of age with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra and , at age 20, he enjoyed his first experiences on stage in Europe with The Curtis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich (1927 - 2007). Darrin has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra of The Philadelphia Opera Company, Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony, Ecuador National Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony and Delaware Symphony.

Darrin began his musical studies at Mount Royal Elementary & Middle School #66 and Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore. He is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts where he studied with Kadie Nichols and Randy Campora. Later, he earned his Bachelor's Degree from The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Glenn Dodson and his post-graduate studies occurred at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music under the tutelage of Blair Bollinger. Artist instructors who significantly contributed to Darrin's musical and career development include Joe Alessi (trombone), Blair Bollinger (bass trombone), Wayne Cameron (trumpet), Randy Campora (bass trombone), Mary Lou Speaker Churchill (violin), Orlando Cole (cello), James DeSano (trombone), Glenn Dodson (trombone), John Englekes (bass trombone), Raymond Fowler (conductor), Carolyn Foulkes (trumpet), Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo-soprano), James Jenkins (tuba), Mark Lawrence (trombone), Otto-Werner Mueller (conductor), Kadie Nichols (trombone), Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Karen Tuttle (viola), Charles Vernon (bass trombone), Wayne Wells (trombone) and Douglas Yeo (bass trombone), among others.

As an instructor, Professor Milling served on the faculty of Wilkes-Barre University's School of Music and has presented masterclasses at Tanglewood Music Center, Conservatory of Tatuí (Brazil), São Paulo State School of Music (Brazil), University of São Paulo in Campinas (Brazil), Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Mannes School of Music and New England Conservatory. Darrin was also guest artist-clinician at Esther Boyer College of Music in 2016 and , in recent years, taught individual lessons and classes at The Curtis Institute of Music.

In 2014, Mr. Milling received the 'Cultural Merit Award' and distinguished title of 'Comendador' from The Carlos Gomes Brazilian Society of Arts, Culture and Education. Darrin served on the board of directors for the São Paulo State Symphony Foundation with Brazil's former leader, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, from 2008 until 2012. Milling's commitments beyond his own performance career include organizational consulting for orchestras and schools in various parts of South America. At present, he serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne, NY), the Artistic Committee of the Elga Marte Institute and is a long-time board member of Brazil's largest social music education initiative, Association of Friends Projeto Guri, which serves approximately 50 thousands students annually. Finally, he's co-founder and co-director of a Brazil -based organizational think-tank and consultant group known as The Program Brasil – Center for High Performance Training in Musical Studies dedicated to the successful development of talented young South American instrumentalists.

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