Mr. Kim Miller was born in Baltimore, but grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.
He studied with Charles Libove and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
He joined the Marines in 1976 and completed his career as the Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster. In 2008, he retired after 32 years.
The Marine Chamber Orchestra is part of the Marine Band, which was established by an Act of Congress in 1798.
Note. 1798 is one year after George Washington left the office of President, and during the first year of the Presidency of of John Adams, the 2nd President of the US.
The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization in the U.S. It is known as “The President’s Own” as they perform regularly at the White House for virtually every social and diplomatic function. “The President’s Own” is known to have included strings when performing for major White House events as far back as 1878 during the directorship of John Philip Sousa, under President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Rutherford B. Hayes' election was the most fiercely disputed in American history. It was under his administration that reconstruction of the Confederate states was ended and the Federal Troops there were withdrawn. That led to a retrenchment in the Southern states and the establishment of the "Jim Crow" restrictions on Blacks.
Hayes had announced in advance that he would serve only one term, and retired to Spiegel Grove, his home in Fremont, Ohio, in 1881. He died in 1893.
Mr. Miller was heard frequently as a soloist with The Marine Orchestra, as well as in many chamber music performances held throughout the city. He was a well-known performing violin artist in the Washington DC/ Baltimore metropolitan area. He performed extensively throughout the region as a member of:
In 2006 Mr. Miller became a member of the Baltimore Opera Company Orchestra and became very active in the arts community in Baltimore. He appeared frequently with the performing ensemble CON BRIO! at such venues as the annual Bach Festival in Georgetown and at the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center. He was concertmaster of The Salon Orchestra of Washington, which performs annually for the Horatio Algers Association Awards ceremony as well as many other cultural events held in Washington DC.
Mr. Miller is on many recordings and film scores, having recorded with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Scott Wesley Brown and Evelyn “Champagne” King. He was even part of the summer 2008 tour with Mary J. Blige.
He returned to Florida in 2013, but to Sarasota, Florida, and is currently playing violin for his own pleasure.
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