Originally from Canada and currently based in Maryland, Cam Millar is a multi-genre musician with an original compositional voice. In addition to his own projects, including the horn-driven ensemble The Weather People, he has been commissioned by film and video directors, classical/art music chamber ensembles, modern dance choreographers, jazz artists, ice skating choreographers, equestrian show producers, multi-media artists, rock bands seeking horn arrangements, and many more. As a trombonist, he has performed with a wide variety of musical artists and organizations covering every conceivable style of music from classical to jazz to pop.
Trombone playing includes work with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banff Centre Opera Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra; 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); and appearances at both the Calgary and Edmonton International Jazz Festivals. He performs regularly with the wedding/event show band Amaretto (from Washington’s Best Musicians, Photo and Video).
Original music has been composed for a wide range of organizations and artists, including the U.S. National Park Service, the Ice Theatre of New York, Toronto’s ‘HorsePower Live,’ guitarist Candice Mowbray, The Downstream Project, the Caledon (Ontario) Equestrian Park, MAD Dance, and choreographers JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Maida Withers, and Heather Harrington.
His work as an educator reflects his wide range of musical experience and expertise: music performance (jazz and classical), improvisation, composition, electro/acoustic recording, music history and appreciation, and sound design. Cam has been an adjunct professor at Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, WV), and has also taught music at other colleges in Canada and the US, at private schools, and as a guest clinician and lecturer at many public schools in both Canada and the US.
Cam graduated with honours in trombone performance from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He obtained a Masters Degree from SUNY Purchase College (NY) in Studio Composition.