Dr. Eric Millard serves as the Visiting Instructor of Trumpet at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Millard was formerly the Third/Associate Principal trumpet with the Tallahassee Symphony, and has also performed with the Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, Pensacola Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northwest Florida Symphony, and Albany Symphony. Millard’s fond interest in chamber music has led him to cofound both the Bluegrass Brass and Garnet and Brass quintets and was a member of the Florida State University Faculty Brass Quintet. In addition to brass quintets, Millard has won prizes at the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) with multiple trumpet ensembles.
As a soloist, Millard has won prizes at prestigious competitions such as the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Solo Competition, NTC, Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition, and the U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition and has won concerto competitions at both of his alma maters. Recently, Eric has been a member of ensembles that have been invited to perform at festivals and conferences including the Concert Band Directors National Association Conference, the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, Florida State Music Teachers Association Conference, and the ITG Conference.
As a teacher, Dr. Millard’s students have been selected for honors such as ITG Conference scholarships, finalists and semifinalists at the National Trumpet Competition in both solo and ensemble divisions, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Fellowship, and the Disney All-American College Band. Millard also enjoys being active as a clinician, frequently giving classes at universities and high schools across the country.
Millard received his Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Trumpet Performance from Florida State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Kentucky. Millard’s primary instructors were Dr. Christopher Moore, Vince Dimartino, Robert Sullivan, Mark Clodfelter, and Dr. William Stowman. Dr. Millard also serves as the Conference Stage Manager for the International Trumpet Guild and has had numerous publications appear in the ITG journal. Eric Millard is an S.E. Shires performing artist.