A graduate with honours in trombone performance from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Cam also obtained a Masters of Music Degree from SUNY Purchase College, NY, in Studio Composition.  His resume of trombone performance reflect professional experience in every imaginable genre of music.  As a composer and arranger, Cam has written music for a wide variety of musical ensembles from jazz big band to classical chamber ensembles, as well as collaborating with many film makers, modern dance choreographers, and multi-media artists. 

Composition highlights include original film scores composed for the US National Park Service,  a New York State Council on the Arts composer commissioning award for “The Rodin Suite” (a ballet written for for the ‘Ice Theatre of New York’, America’s first ice skating ensemble designated as a modern dance group,) and small jazz group and big band jazz compositions that have been heard on CBC’s Jazz Radio Canada.  The score for Elizabeth Downer’s film “Home” has been heard across the USA on PBS TV and at many film festivals, including the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, CA, Telluride Film Festival, CO, and the NY Women in Film festival. 

Large multi-media works and collaborations include two large works for NYC choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw’s ‘Dancing With Horses’ ensemble, which are outdoor spectacles for dancers and equestrian riders.  Music has been commissioned for the historic Wave Hill, NY, outdoor dance concert series by choreographer Heather Harrington.  All together, he has composed over 25 works for modern dance choreographers, primarily from New York and Washington, DC.  Large, multi-movement pieces include a suite composed for and performed in the Neuberger Museum Art Gallery in NY, as well as a multi-media suite with visuals and narrator based on the life and times of James Rumsey, the inventor of the first steamboat.                                                                           

In the winter of 2009, Cam was commissioned by the Goose Route Arts Collaborative to create 'breath' in collaboration with Kitty Clark, choreographer, and Colleen Tracy, visual artist.  The piece premiered at the US Fish and Wildflife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV.  This multi-disciplinary event focused on the specific time of year, winter, and how this particular season influences and shapes our thoughts and outlook on life.  In the fall of 2007, Cam collaborated with the same artists on Remember at NCTC, a work that centered on the history of the NCTC site.  Several different performing sites were used and the audience followed the dancers and musicians from one area of NCTC to another during the hour long performance.  Music involved Native American flutes, percussion, guitar, voice, trombone, pre-recorded soundscapes, metal ‘thunder-sheets’, synthesizer, and Tibetan brass and crystal singing bowls.

Trombone playing includes work with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banff Centre Opera Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary; in backup bands for Doc Severinson, The O’Jays, and Rosemary Clooney; with Vince Giordiano’s Nighthawks and the Lew Anderson Big Band in NYC; jazz festival appearances with Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer; playing for touring Broadway shows in Canada (Camelot, South Pacific, Company); Washington D.C.'s finest wedding/corporate band 'Amaretto', and appearances at both the Calgary and Edmonton International Jazz Festivals.

His work as an educator reflects his wide range of musical experience and expertise - composition, electro/acoustic recording, music history and appreciation, sound design for communication students, as well as directing a university jazz big band.  Cam has taught at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, as well as other colleges in Canada and the US, at private schools, and has been a guest clinician and lecturer at many public schools.


© Cam Millar 2014