Mark Miller Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Bass- Mark grew up in Lynchburg into a musically appreciative family that always had music playing in the house. He took up guitar at the age of seven years old, but, did not get serious until the age of twelve when he discovered the music of Motown, Jimi Hendrix, The Cult, and Led Zeppelin just to name a few. Playing in many local bands around town, with people much older then he was, he honed his skills and was taken under the wing and guided by two local guitar legends, Roger Scruggs and Oliver Burks. Drummer Jordan “Jordy” Erwin’s record collection, musicianship and friendship was a huge inspiration.
In 1999, Mark went out west to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Some of the artists he performed or recorded with are, Gary Hoey, Bill “the Buddha” Dickens, Bobby Rock, Barbara Morrison, David Garfield, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Paxson, and Ric Overton to name a few…while in LA Mark taught legendary Wrecking Crew guitarist Don Peake, John Fogerty’s children, Tyler and Shane and had the honor of studying with the late Chord Chemist Ted Greene. Whose jazz instruction and friendship was, and still is, a huge inspiration.
Coming back to Virginia in late 2006 to be closer to family, Mark started his own local band out of Charlottesville. The Mark Miller Band has opened up for the likes of Ian Gillam, Indecision and the Doobie Brothers. In 2012, Mark formed a jazz fusion group with drummer Michael Taylor and Yellowjackets bassist Dane Alderson called the ATM Unit out of Charlottesville. They opened up for the Ron Holloway Band and the Jeff Sipe Trio to name a few. Mark has been teaching guitar at Lynchburg Music since January of 2019 while working and taking care of his parents.