Doug Miller Music


“... a gifted composer with strong dramatic sensibility!”
Hummie Mann
jazz bassist | composer


One Night – Sound Clip
Main theme and MIDI sequencing by Doug Miller. MP3 provided is the music for the movie’s closing credits. {more about this film}

Armonia – Sound Clip #1
In this scene from the animation Armonia, the young apprentice is creating a new musical instrument, and is doing so without the approval of his mentor. Maestro’s Theme composed by Doug Miller. Orchestration by Doug Miller.

Armonia – Sound Clip #2
In this scene, the mentor and apprentice literally struggle over the new musical instrument, bending it into various shapes. Maestro’s Theme composed by Doug Miller. Orchestration by Doug Miller. {more about this film}

Vinnie The Fish – Sound Clip #1
In this short student film from the Seattle Film Institute (a tongue in cheek comedy), a retired Mafia hit man reflects back on his career. Theme composed by Norbert Caoili. Orchestration and arrangement is by Doug Miller.

Vinnie The Fish – Sound Clip #2
In this scene, Vinnie reminisces about his Italian-American mother cooking for him in her kitchen. Theme and orchestration by Doug Miller.

Vinnie The Fish – Sound Clip #3
In this playground scene, the young Vinnie shows his propensity to earn money and dominate others through aggressive action.


Caribbean Reflections – Sound Clip
performed by the Roosevelt High Chamber Orchestra at the New Works, New Hope concert, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle
In the early ‘80’s I was playing music on a cruise ship that docked at various islands in the Caribbean. Upon coming into port on the island of Granada, the passengers on our ship were greeted by a large and sophisticated group of island musicians playing the steel drums. Their arrangements featured traditional islands themes, complete with polished harmony and counterpoint. This piece does not directly utilize any of their themes, but rather is presented in the spirit of their music. The first section of the piece is intended to portray islanders playing a happy theme for disembarkation as I have described above. Metric modulation takes the composition into the second section. This section is to portray an all night healing ritual with roots in African spirituality. This ritual, attended only by the islanders, includes lamentations of pain and struggle. Another metric modulation brings the piece to the third section, heralded by the dawn of the next day. The original theme returns, but with changes that represent the residual effects of the preceding night’s ritual. There is a brief string quartet feature in a more European mood, followed by the finale of the composition.


Jazz arrangements by Doug Miller. From the CD, Regeneration


  • Regeneration, Doug Miller, Origin Records
  • Speakin’ Out, New Stories (with guest Ernie Watts), Origin Records
  • Remember Why, New Stories, Origin Records
  • Circled By Hounds, New Stories, Origin Records
  • Neighbors, Big Neighborhood, Origin Records
  • 11:11, Big Neighborhood, Origin Records
  • Lopin’, Don Lanphere/Bud Shank, Hep Records
  • Get Happy, Don Lanphere/ Pete Christlieb, Origin Records
  • Don Still Loves Midge, Don Lanphere, Hep Records
  • Where Do You Start?, Don Lanphere, Origin Records
  • Inside Job, Cynthia Mullis, OA2 Records
  • A Little Moonlight, Janis Mann, Pancake Records
  • Lost In His Arms, Janis Mann, Pancake Records

Choral and Orchestral works in performance.

December 14, 2014, my work Songs Of Strength And Hope From The African-American Tradition is performed by the Oakland Symphony Chorus and the Oakland Symphony at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. A medley of the traditional songs Motherless Child, Wade In The Water, This Little Light Of Mine and Down By The Riverside. Due to be performed in June of 2015 by the Oakland Symphony Chorus in the Eastern European cities of Prague, Budapest and Vienna.



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