How'd It Come About?

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

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 wanted a better solution.

Original Version

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

Photo of The Miller Machine, Triangle Machine with 5/16" Solid-Body Steel Beater, and redesigned Triangle Suspension mount.

Current Version

Many changes over the years, but still keeping with the original concept.

About Billy

Rochester, New York

Eastman School

Studied with John Beck

Bachelor in Applied Percussion
Magna-Cum Laude

Hollywood, California

Musicians Institute

Studied with Steve Houghton, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Casey Scheuerell, Efrain Toro

Yamaha Outstanding Drummer of the Year Award Winner

Rick Astley MTV Video

Cruise Ships

Azure Seas
Crystal Harmony
Star Princess
Pacific Princess
Royal Princess
Crown Princess
Niuew Amsterdam

Show Bands 1985 thru 1995

Broadway Shows

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

Broadway Revival of Follies.

Broadway Fun Facts

I played a total of 3,237 Broadway shows while living and working in New York City, 1998 thru 2015. Thirteen were my own book and I subbed on an additional twenty seven shows.

In 2006 I was playing and subbing on ten different shows. Three of those were my own books (Fiddler on the RoofThe Light in the PiazzaThe Drowsy Chaperone) and the other seven (ChicagoThe Color PurpleSpamalot, Three Penny OperaLestatPajama GameMary Poppins) I subbed on.

2011 was my busiest year with 335 performances of The Addams Family, with a total of 586 shows by the time we closed in 2012.

I also subbed on both books (drums, and percussion) for the 2012-2013 revival of Evita, and the 2013-2015 revival of Cinderella.

Broadway Cast Albums

Elaine Stritch At Liberty
Fiddler On The Roof
The Light In The Piazza
Finian’s Rainbow
The Addams Family
Big Fish
Side Show

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

Played drums on the album, Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein, arranged and conducted by legendary Stephen Sondheim orchestrator, Jonathan Tunick.

Broadway Cast Album of Side Show.

Broadway Subs

Jekyll & Hyde
The Lion King
Scarlet Pimpernel
Charlie Brown
Annie Get Your Gun
The Music Man
The Producers
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Forty Second Street
The Color Purple
Three Penny Opera
Pajama Game
Mary Poppins
Young Frankenstein
South Pacific
Next To Normal

Broadway Cast Album of Big Fish.

The Shop, Seattle Washington

Photo of Billy Miller in his Miller Machine workshop in Seattle, Washington.