Darrin C. Milling

Bass Trombonist, São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra

Darrin C. Milling, bass trombone principal of São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) since 1998, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, artist representative of Marcus Bonna Cases, co-founder of Low Brass Project chamber ensemble, member of São Paulo Brass Quintet and an associate artist of The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. In addition, he performs duo chamber concerts with Brazilian-Canadian pianist Deborah Fernandes Nilson in Duo das Américas and with Moscow Conservatory trained piano soloist Olga Kopylova in The Heritage Duo Ensemble.

As an orchestral musician, Darrin has recorded for Argo, BIS, BMG, Chandos, Decca and Naxos labels with internationally renowned ensembles, appeared on Maryland Public Television with Baltimore Symphony, a European Television promotional with The Philadelphia Orchestra and, at present, appears frequently on TV Cultura in Brazil. Meanwhile 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).

Mr. Milling previously held the bass trombone position of Pennsylvania Opera Theater Orchestra, the former Bridgeton Symphony (NJ), was a fellowship participant of New World Symphony and, during his teenage years, was the youngest appointed musician to the former Chesapeake Brass Quintet and Louis Hamlin Baltimore Big Band. Darrin’s first international tour as a bass trombonist took place in Asia when he was 13 years of age and performing with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra. He has since performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of The Philadelphia Opera Company, Baltimore Symphony, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Ecuador, Naples Philharmonic (FL), Chautauqua Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra (USA & Italy) and National Repertory Orchestra.

Darrin C. has appeared as soloist in front of ensembles such as the DePaul Chamber Orchestra, Chester Community Concert Band, the São Paulo State Youth Symphonic Band, Luzerne Music Center’s Symphonic Band (NY) and on countless chamber series throughout the US, Europe and Latin America. One of his more notable collaborations takes place, on occasion, at the Glencairn Museum Concert Series (Bryn Athyn, PA) as member of an elite trombone ensemble known as Posaune Decouple, founded by trombone legend Glenn Dodson (1931 – 2007), which is comprised of trombonists from The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and other internationally renowned institutions.

Milling is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts, earned his Bachelor´s Degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and did post-graduate studies at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. As an instructor, he served on the faculty of Wilkes-Barre University’s School of Music and has presented masterclasses at Tanglewood Music Center, Conservatório de Tatuí (State of São Paulo, Brazil), Peabody Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and New England Conservatory. In 2014, Darrin received the ‘Cultural Merit Award’ and distinguished title of ‘Comendador’ from The Carlos Gomes Brazilian Society of Arts, Culture and Education.

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).

Mr. Darrin Coleman Milling 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. Darrin’s commitments beyond his own performance career include organizational consulting for orchestras in various parts of South America. At present, he serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne, NY) and as member of the Board of Directors at Brazil’s largest social music education initiative, Association of Friends Projeto Guri, for the State of São Paulo which serves approximately 50 thousands students annually. Finally, he’s co-founder and co-director of Brasil 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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Darrin C. Milling