Faculty Profile for Butch Miles

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Butch Miles
Lecturer — School of Music
MUS 131
phone: (512) 245-2651

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Worked with Count Basie Orchestra 1975-79, 1997-2007; Worked with Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Dave Brubeck and many others. Teaching drum set and jazz combo at Texas State University, San Marcos, since 2007. Winner of 3 Grammy awards, has recorded over 100 albums, has written numerous articles published in Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer. Has appeared on numerous television shows and two motion pictures. For further information go to butchmiles.com.

Teaching Interests

Drum set syncopation in Jazz, Rock, Funk and Latin styles.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Miles, B. (2008). “From Paradiddlediddles to Swing.” Percussive Arts Society PERCUSSIVE NOTES.
  • I'm Leavin', North Coast Suite, Lori, Neutron Jack. Nagel-Heyer Records. 2005.
    • Jazz Festivals world-wide. January 29, 1975 - January 2024 Too many to mention, International.
  • Miles, B. (1977). “The Driver’s Seat” Five (5) articles under that title. Modern Drummer. Retrieved from moderndrummer.com
  • Actor, musician, "CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS". April 1989.
  • Actor, musician, "JAZZFEST DOWN UNDER". January 1980.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Induction into the Austin Jazz Society Hall of Fame, Austin Jazz Society. April 12, 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Conn-Selmer Lifetime Achievement Award, Conn-Selmer Institute. June 14, 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Zildjian Cymbals Achievement Award for 40 year association, Zildjian Cymbal Company. August 15, 1972 - May 1, 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Recognition of excellence, West Virginia Senate. June 19, 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Voted as "BEST SWING DRUMMER OF 2013", Drum Magazine. May 2013

Selected Service Activities

Member of and musician for Living Word Lutheran Church
May 2014-Present