Faculty: Butch Miles

Legendary jazz musician marches
to the beat of his own drum

Butch Miles, a world-renowned jazz musician and professor at Texas State University, has brought big band to the big time. Playing on major stages around the world with music legends, he continues to gain recognition for his accomplishments in the world of jazz.

Miles, who teaches jazz drum set at Texas State, has had an expansive career as a drummer. Known best for his work with the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra, Miles has become a legend of his own with his notable swing style and big-band techniques.

Miles’ performances have gained recognition from audiences and critics alike. He has played on four Grammy-winning albums and taken the stage at every major jazz festival in the world. He has also become a repeat feature performer at major jazz festivals including the Grande Parade du Jazz in France, the Newport Jazz Festival in New York and the West Coast Jazz Party.

Throughout his career, Miles has played with the luminaries of jazz, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald and Woody Herman.

In 1976, Miles played a Royal Command performance for the queen of England, a highlight of his career televised across Europe.

Miles has also appeared on several major television shows for his work, including: “60 Minutes,” “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, “The Merv Griffin Show,” “The Dick Cavett Show,” “the Mike Douglas Show” and “the Jerry Lewis Telethon.” Miles’ cool rhythms have also been featured in three movies, most recently on the soundtrack of the 2004 remake of The Alamo.

Having released his most recent album in 2003, Miles continues to tour with the Ludwig Drum Company giving clinics and concerts across the globe.

Miles graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia State College and currently lives in Austin with his wife.

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