About Robert Miller
Get to know Robert Miller
“Mambo” Bob Miller has been playing and teaching trumpet professionally since 1991. He graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Music Education in 1995. While there, he studied classical trumpet with Ray Moore and jazz trumpet with Bill Warfield. He also was able to study and perform under the direction of Hank Levy, composer for Stan Kenton, Don Ellis (including “Whiplash”) during his last few years of running the TSU jazz department as well as Glenn Cashman who ran the department the following years. From 1995-1997 he went on to do Master's work in jazz performance at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a Carpenter scholarship recipient and performed under the direction of Doug Richards in the VCU Jazz Orchestra 1. He was privileged to study jazz trumpet with John D’earth during this time. It was also in 1995 that he began playing with with salsa group Bio Ritmo, a group he still records and performs with. He has appeared on over 100 recordings ranging from latin to jazz to folk to rock, including albums with Bio Ritmo, Foxygen, Karl Blau, Matthew E. White, The Mountain Goats, Angelica Garcia, Natalie Prass, Megafaun, Steven Bernstein, Fight the Big Bull, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, David Karsten Daniels, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Marion James. He has been honored to share the stage with artists such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sharon Van Etten, Frazey Ford, Nate Smith, Ken Vandermark, Clark Terry, Dave Holland, John Pizzarelli, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Poncho Sanchez, George Coleman, Chris Vadala, Eddie and Gerald Levert, Barry Harris, Darius Rucker, Howard Ivans, Jose Conde, Rumba Club, The Great American Music Ensemble, Sleepwalkers, Big Lazy and Butcher Brown, as well as most of the artists on whose recordings he has appeared. He has performed with bands that have shared the bill with acts including La Sonora Ponceña, Steel Pulse, Morphine, The Budos Band, Los Amigos Invisibles, Hootie & the Blowfish, Andrew Bird, Illiterate Light, Lee Fields, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Ozomatli, Larry Harlow, Paquito D’Rivera, Dengue Fever, Chicha Libre, Chicano Batman, Café Tacuva and Burning Spear. He has toured all over the world including festivals in the US and Europe, with performances at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Central Park NYC, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Fillmore in San Francisco. His open-minded approach to music has made him a highly sought after studio musician and freelance artist. He has also been fortunate to have recorded some nationally televised comercials for Geico and Midas. Current projects in the Richmond, VA area include old-school salsa outfit Bio Ritmo, avant-jazz group Scott Clark 4tet, Mikrowaves, Piranha Rama, Hector Barez and El Laberinto del Coco, R4ND4ZZO BIG B4ND, Mekong Xpress and the Get Fresh Horns, Adam Hopkins School Work, Doug Richards Jazz Ensemble, NoBS Brass, 3 Sheets to the Wind, Fear of Music, The Big Payback and The Blue Tips, among others.