Andrew Miller Tuba, Principal
Andrew Miller joined the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as principal tuba in 2004. He began playing tuba (actually a white fiberglass Sousaphone) in 4th grade in his hometown of Fairfield, IL. Prior to joining the ASO, Andrew was Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Western Michigan University for three years (where he had two students win the concerto competition). Prior to that, he was an adjunct professor at The Boston Conservatory of Music for four years (where he also had two students win the concerto competition). Tours with Boston's Paramount Brass Quintet have taken him to concert halls and universities all across America and Japan, and have resulted in the release of two CDs on Centaur Recordings. Mr. Miller has performed with the Chicago, Chicago Civic, Grand Rapids, Albany (NY), Northwest Indiana and Vermont Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Boston Ballet, Keith Brion's New Sousa Band and the Wheaton (IL) Municipal Band.
Andrew has performed several seasons with the Alpen Brass, a brass ensemble based in Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte, CO. He is a former member of the Lancaster (OH) Festival Orchestra, and in 1995, was a member of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic where he worked with Eije Oue, Marin Alsop and Joseph Silverstein, conductors.
Andrew received Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Performance degrees from DePaul University in Chicago. He began the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University where he was a Presidential Scholarship recipient. His principal teachers include Floyd Cooley (San Francisco Symphony, retired), Gary Ofenloch (Utah Symphony and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra), Gene Pokorny (Chicago Symphony), and brass pedagogue par excellence, Roger Rocco. He has also studied with Arnold Jacobs, Randy Hawes, David Fedderly and horn virtuoso, Eric Ruske.
When not performing or teaching, Andrew enjoys playing 80's rock music on his electric guitar, having performed halftime shows along with the marching bands of University of Virginia and Auburn University.