About Billy

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 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 drum roll and the 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 but was frustrated with the sound and knew I needed a better solution.

I wanted a way to play the triangle with whatever stick or mallet I had in my hand and have it in the most convenient spot in my setup. This way I would be confident knowing that I could always play the triangle and get a good sound.

That's it, that's how it happened. The Miller Machine was born.

If you're frustrated trying to hold the triangle beater in your pinky, misplacing your beater in your setup, unable to make those quick stick changes, perhaps The Miller Machine is the answer.

Billy Miller

I've held the drum or percussion chair for 12 Broadway shows:

  • 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

I've recorded cast albums for all of the Broadway shows above except for The Drowsy Chaperone.

Also, cast albums for Stephen Sondheim's Road Show, 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.

I've 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
  • Matilda