About Billy

I've held the drum or percussion chair for 12 Broadway Musicals.

Follies
Elaine Stritch At Liberty
Nine
Fiddler On The Roof
The Light In The Piazza
The Drowsy Chaperone
LoveMusik
Finian’s Rainbow
The Addams Family
Scandalous
Big Fish
Side Show

Photo from the Broadway revival of Follies where The Miller Machine was born.

Recordings.

I've recorded Broadway Cast Albums for
Follies
Elaine Stritch At Liberty
Nine
Fiddler On The Roof
The Light In The Piazza
LoveMusik
Finian’s Rainbow
The Addams Family
Scandalous
Big Fish
Side Show

Also, cast albums for Stephen Sondheim's Road Show, and New York City Center Encores' productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pipe Dream.

And, Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein arranged and conducted by Jonathan Tunick.

Photo from the Broadway Cast Album for Side Show.

I subbed on an additional 27 Broadway shows.

Titanic, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, The Lion King, Cabaret, Scarlet Pimpernel, Charlie Brown, Fosse, Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma, Forty Second Street, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Three Penny Opera, Lestat, Pajama Game, Mary Poppins, Xanadu, Young Frankenstein, South Pacific, Next To Normal, Evita, Cinderella, and Matilda.

Photo from the Broadway Cast Album for Big Fish.

Why The Miller Machine?

In 2001, I was playing the Broadway Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Belasco Theater in New York City.

Because they had combined the original percussion and drum set books and I was playing both, there was a tricky passage where I needed to play a snare drum roll, then a timpani roll, then hit the triangle.

I was using the felt end of a pair of Firth Swizzles to play the snare roll and timp roll and didn't have time to pick up a triangle beater to get to the cue in time. I needed a better solution.

Here's the first one I made back in 2001.

Original Version

I used wood, some green felt, rubber bushings, and parts of other hardware to put it together,

The triangle arm was made from an old Ludwig shell mounted cymbal holder that was cut down to size, top grounded flat, and two holes drilled for the plastic ties.

To suspend the triangle I was using fishing line that was crimped together.

I used an old LP Jam Block bracket to mount the triangle arm to the body.

I used red latex tubing for the beater end, so it could be seen in a darkened pit.

I sold eleven of these to my drummer buddies in New York City.

Photo of the original Miller Machine made back in 2001.

Current Version

The body is machined from a solid piece of plastic that's both light and durable.

The triangle arm is powder coated for durability and can be adjusted up or down to accommodate most triangles.

The triangle beater end is made from a custom piece of red latex tubing to make it much easier to see it in a darkened pit.

Extra plastic ties are included with every order as a back up in case of breakage.

Billy Miller

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