Darrin C. Milling
Bass Trombone Artist
Darrin C. Milling
Trombonista Baixo, Low Brass Project
- 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
"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."
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Darrin is co-founding member and coordinator of Low Brass Project chamber ensemble, artist of Duo BelMill with pianist Ljubislava Béltcheva and member of the São Paulo Brass Quintet (Brazil). Milling has recorded for Argo, BMG and Decca labels, appeared on Maryland Public Television with the Baltimore Symphony, a European Television promotional with The Philadelphia Orchestra where he's performed on numerous occasions as an official member of the substitute roster and, at present, appears frequently on TV Cultura in Brazil. His solo and chamber performances have been broadcasted on, former, Radio WFLN 95.7 (Philadelphia, PA), Radio WMHT 89.1 (Schenectady, NY) and National Public Radio (Albany, NY).
Darrin received his formal musical training at Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore School for the Arts, The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia) and Esther Boyer College of Music of Temple University. While completing his studies, he participated in programs with the Delaware Symphony, was offered one-year positions with the Virginia Symphony and Charleston Symphony orchestras and, during his fellowship with the New World Symphony (Miami Beach, Florida), performed regularly with Naples Philharmonic (Florida). Darrin previously held bass trombone positions with the Pennsylvania Opera Theater Orchestra, Bridgeton Symphony Orchestra (New Jersey) and Haddonfield Symphony (New Jersey).
Milling is an active soloist and chamber musician, having appeared in various concert series throughout the U.S. and South America. He performed with the Luzerne Chamber Players on the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival Series from 1988 until 1998, was featured soloist with the de Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chester Community Concert Band (Pennsylvania) and São Paulo State's Youth Symphonic Band (Brazil). In 2006, Darrin was invited to perform with his mentor, Glenn Dodson (1931 - 2007), in the group known as "Posaune Decouple" which is comprised of 10 trombonists from the great teaching tradition of The Curtis Institute and performers of The Philadelphia Orchestra among other renowned ensembles from around the world.
Darrinís administrative, conducting and teaching experiences include former posts as Resident Camp Director of Luzerne Music Center (NY), Program Director of Strings Music Festival (PA) and professor of trombone at Wilkes University (PA). In addition, he has presented masterclasses at Tanglewood Music Center, New World School for the Arts (FL), Lynn University (FL), Peabody Conservatory (MD), Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory (MA). In addition, he conducted brass ensembles for Luzerne Music Center from 1994 through 1998 and, in 2002, at Brazil's Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival. In 2012, Milling was invited to be resident trombone instructor for the Winter Festival of Domingo Martins in the state of Espirito Santos in Brazil.
Darrin Milling served on the Executive Committee of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Affairs Council from 1994 until 2001 and completed a 4-year term as board member for a prominent cultural institution of the State of São Paulo with Brazil's former leader, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Mr. Milling currently serves on the Board of Direction for Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne, NY), Projeto Guri of the State of São Paulo and is an organizational consultant.
Artists who have 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).
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