A tribute to Modern Drummer’s editor in chief Bill Miller

We have lost one of the brain (and soul, and heart) behind our beloved Modern Drummer. An editor in chief is something like an arranger, sometimes acomposer, sometimes a player and always the man behind the mixtable of the magazine: that’s what a good editor in chief is. I didn’t know Bill, but I read Modern Drummer and i see is made by excellent journalists and true drummers lovers and experts. Behind good stuff there is a great team. A there were a great editor in chief.

Dear friends:

It is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of Modern Drummer editor in chief William F. Miller. Bill left us this past December 12, after a long and noble bout with cancer. Our hearts and thoughts are with Bill’s wife, Sarah, with their son, Clifford, and with the entire Miller and Otazo families.

Bill began his career at Modern Drummer as an intern over twenty years ago, eventually rising to MD’s top editorial post. A protégé of the magazine’s founder, Ron Spagnardi, Bill loved his work, identified himself with it, and dedicated all of his energy and effort toward it. His presence will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, P.O. Box 248165, Coral Gables, Fla., 33124, or the Melanoma Research Foundation, 170 Township Line Rd. Hillsborough, N.J. 08844, www.melanoma.org.


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