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WVU alumna brings back jazz band to campus Oct. 25

Allison Miller

West Virginia University alumna Allison Miller will be back at the College of Creative Arts on Oct. 25 to perform with her band, Boom Tic Boom. 

A New York City-based drummer, composer and teacher, Miller has been named to Downbeat Magazine’s “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” and her band is a recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant.” Boom Tic Boom’s 2016 release, Otis was a Polar Bear, was chosen for NPR’s Jazz Critics Poll.

As a side-musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such artists as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Toshi Reagon, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ben Allison, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Camille A. Brown and co-leads Holler and Bam and Honey Ear Trio. Allison teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC and, starting in 2018, will

become the new Artistic Director of Jazz Camp West. She is an Arts Envoy to Thailand and three-time Jazz Ambassador. Allison endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth heads, and Evans drumheads. 

Boom Tic Boom’s performance begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Bloch Hall at WVU’s Creative Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.