Cameron Miller was born in Whittier, California. His parents both played musical instruments, including his mother, who was a drummer in high school. When Cameron was two years old, the director of a children’s “Play & Music” organization that he was enrolled in noticed him sitting in front of the boom box, keeping perfect time to the music. The director immediately encouraged Cameron’s mother to purchase him a drum set, which he received on his 3rd birthday. Cameron made his first public performance on drum set in his 2nd grade talent show and fell in love with performing as well as becoming obsessed with the drums. Cameron joined the school band at the first opportunity in the 6th grade and continued his infatuation with drums and percussion throughout middle school (Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School), where he was section leader and received the Director’s Award. In high school, Cameron participated in Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Indoor Drumline. Cameron also began volunteering in the 9th grade at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School, where he had formerly attended, forming an afterschool drumline program consisting of students only a year or two younger than himself. By his junior year in high school, Cameron was the captain of his high school drumline and in his senior year, won the “High Snare” caption award at the American Drum Line Association (ADLA) Championships as well as receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for his contributions to his high school jazz band. Throughout high school Cameron also performed in rock bands, performing at local venues including the Whisky Ago-go in Hollywood, Chain Reaction in Anaheim, and the Queen Mary in Long Beach at a KROQ music festival.
After graduating high school in 2007, Cameron began studying music at Fullerton College where he studied with percussionists Erik Leckrone and Matt Johnson and played in the Cabana Boys, performing twice at the NAMM show in Anaheim and releasing an album, “Breakthrough” in 2011. Cameron then transferred to California State University Los Angeles where he pursued his Bachelor of Art Degree in Music. At CSULA, Cameron studied with Robert Fernandez and fellow Soultone artist Calixto Oviedo and performed with the CSULA Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Commercial Music Ensemble, University Orchestra, and Afro-Latin Ensemble, sharing the stage with legendary musicians such as Calixto Ovideo, Justo Almario, Raul Pineda, and Oscar Hernandez.
Cameron continued to teach at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School and the drumline program continued to grow until they decided to begin competing in the American Drum Line Association in 2012. In their second season, the drumline earned the gold medal at Championships and in their fourth season, they got promoted to the Junior Advanced division, where they earned the bronze medal. In 2015, Cameron and the Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School Drumline gained endorsements from Soultone Cymbals as well as Mapex Marching and Majestic Percussion. Cameron also currently teaches at and arranges for competitive drumline at Glendora High School and South East High School, has previously taught private lessons at Dr. Pan Music Academy and has taught at and arranged for La Habra High School, Bell Gardens High School, and El Monte High School.
When not teaching drumline, Cameron plays in Nahneen Kula, an alternative group from Pasadena, California who recently released their debut album, “Put it with Mine” and also performed on the newly released album “The Emerald Captain” by a Long Beach based rock band, Tubby Boots. He also played timbales for Orange County salsa band, Orquesta Cortez, performing multiple times at Steamer’s Jazz Café in Fullerton and nominated two years in a row for Best Salsa Band at the Orange County Music Awards. Cameron is constantly striving to better himself as a musician and an educator and considers himself a very versatile percussionist with experience playing and performing marching percussion, drum set in both rock and jazz groups, concert percussion, hand percussion and timbales.
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