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Why The Miller Machine?

Back in 2001, I was playing the Broadway Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. It was a combined version of the original drum set and percussion books with a lot of quick instrument changes. There was a passage where I needed to play a snare drum roll, then immediately play a timpani roll, and then play the triangle.

I was using the felt end of a pair of Vic Firth Swizzles to play both the snare roll, and timpani roll, and had no time to pick up a beater to play the triangle.

During rehearsal, I was hitting the triangle with the wood part of the stick and was frustrated with the sound and knew I needed a better solution.

That's it, that's how it happened.

I wanted a way to play my triangle with whatever stick or mallet I had in my hand and know that I could always get a great triangle sound.

The Miller Machine was born.

Billy Miller

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.

And Just For Fun.

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