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Fred Mills (musician)

fred mills (musician)
W Fred Mills was University of Georgia music professor from 1996–2009, and a 1992 Grammy nominee who made more than 40 records as a trumpeter with the Canadian Brass quintet from 1972-1996

He also played solo, first-chair trumpet with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico and others, according to a biography from the University of Georgia

He attended the Juilliard School of Music and held honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory in Boston and Hartwick College Mills earned a bachelor of science degree in music from Hartwick in 1957

The Canadian Brass ensemble performed hundreds of his arrangements including Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, which appeared on the album The Pachelbel Canon and Other Great Baroque Hits, released in 1980

On September 7, 2009, Mills was killed in a car crash in Walton County, about 45 miles east of Atlanta Mills was driving to his Athens home from Atlanta’s airport after a trip to Quincinetto, Italy where he was a soloist at the Pentabrass Festival

A CD in Mills' honor has been released by AppleJazz Records Produced by Louise Baranger, his wife and Charlie Bertini, To Fred With Love, The World's Finest Brass Players Pay Tribute to Fred Mills, includes performances by Canadian Brass, Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, Arturo Sandoval, Charles Schlueter, Allen Vizzutti, Marvin Stamm, Warren Vaché, Chris Martin, the Pentabrass, the German Brass and many others 100% of the profits from the CD benefit the W Fred Mills Scholarship fund at the University of Georgia, Athens

Partial discography

  • Scriabin - The Poem of Ecstasy - Stokowski - Houston Symphony


  • Make We Joy 1973
  • Royal Fanfare 1973
  • A Touch of Brass, Canadian Brass in Paris 1973
  • Rag-Ma-Tazz 1974
  • Canadian Brass: Pachelbel to Joplin 1974
  • Raffi's Christmas Album a 1983 music album by children's entertainer Raffi
  • Unexplored Territory 1977
  • Canadian Brass Plus Organ 1977
  • Toccata, Fugues & Other Diversions 1977
  • Canadian Brass Encore 1977
  • Bells and Brass 1978, with Gordon Slater
  • Mostly Fats; Fats Waller's Greatest Hits 1979
  • Pachelbel Canon & Other Great Baroque Hits 1980
  • Christmas with the Canadian Brass 1981
  • The Village Band 1981
  • Champions 1983
  • Canadian Brass Greatest Hits 1983
  • High, Bright, Light and Clear 1983
  • Ain't Misbehavin' and Other Fats Waller Hits 1984
  • Brass in Berlin 1984
  • Canadian Brass Live! 1984
  • A Canadian Brass Christmas 1985
  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons 1986
  • Basin Street 1987
  • Strike Up the Band — Canadian Brass Plays Gershwin 1987
  • Bach: The Art of Fugue 1988
  • The Mozart Album 1988
  • Canadian Brass More Greatest Hits 1988
  • Best of the Canadian Brass 1989
  • Gabrieli/Monteverdi: Antiphonal Music 1990
  • English Renaissance Music 1990
  • Super Hits, The Christmas Album 1990
  • Beethoven Fifth Symphony & Overtures 1991
  • Red, White & Brass: Made in the USA 1991
  • The Essential Canadian Brass 1991
  • Red Hot Jazz: The Dixieland Album 1992
  • Wagner for Brass 1992
  • Rejoice! with Brass and Voice 1993
  • An Evening of Brass Theater 1994
  • Brass on Broadway 1994
  • Gabrieli for Brass 1994
  • Noel 1994
  • Bolero & Other Great Melodies 1995
  • Brass Busters 1995
  • Fireworks: Baroque Brass Favorites 1995
  • Go for Baroque! 1995
  • Ragtime 1995
  • Renaissance Men 1995
  • Swingtime! 1995


  • Brass Theater II with Star of Indiana 1995
  • Brass Theater III with Star of Indiana 1996
  • Canadian Brass Home Movies Grammy nomination


  1. ^ Canadian Brass - ABOUT US - REVIEWS
  2. ^ UGA music professor, renowned trumpeter killed in wreck

Louise Baranger Fred Mills Archives

External links

  • Bio on Canadian Brass site at the Wayback Machine archived June 15, 2004
  • University of Georgia memorial
  • Frederic Mills at AllMusic
  • http://wwwapplejazzcom
  • http://wwwTrumpetDivacom

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