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The Don Miller Music Experience: Bio

In the tradition of his father, grandfather, and great aunt and uncle, Don Miller briefly studied drums in elementary school, followed by trumpet and piano in junior high school. However, "true love" arrived in the form of a steel string folk guitar on which he taught himself basic folk and pop chord progressions and melodies. At age thirteen, Don studied for approxi mately one year with Mr. Herbert Guy, classical guitarist and bassist for the Indianapolis Symphony. Don subsequently performed with the North Central High School Jazz Ensemble in Indianapolis Indiana and served during his senior year as president of the school's folk music club. Don also performed on the school's Christmas album in 1969 and sang in the chorus for the music department's production of Camelot. During these high school years, Don led a number of blues, rock, and jazz groups which performed at local clubs, for private affairs, and school and community events
Don later performed with the Indiana University's Black Culture Center Ensemble and with Black Frost, a contem- porary jazz group in Bloomington, Indiana. Since arriving in Maryland in 1984, Don created and directed the African American Art Ensemble, a performing arts troupe at a special educational school for emotionally handicapped students as well as founding the Gallery of African American History and Culture at the aforementioned facility. Don has served as the 'resident" guitarist for the Slayton House Art Gallery for over twelve years and has performed at various other art institutes in central and southern Maryland. He has also performed at numerous restaurants, museums, cultural events, weddings, and entertainment establihsments in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Following in the steps of his mentor, Don played bass for several choirs at the St. John's Baptist Church and Valley Brook Community Church in Howard County of Maryland. In addition, Don Miller is a clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist in private practice and employes musical intruction and performance in treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with social, emotional, learning, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.