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Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 9:59 AM

In Memoriam Bill Miller 1961 - 2008

all of us here at meinl are deeply saddened by the untimely death of modern drummer's editor in chief bill miller. our thoughts go out to his family and friends. over the years i have had the pleasure of working with bill on several occasions. the last time i saw bill was at the 2008 modern drummer festival in new york. throughout the entire festival, bill has been extremely busy ensuring everything runs smoothly. a few days after the festival was over, bill sent me an email:

Thank you, Norbert, for the kind comments. My only regret is that I didn’t have a chance to hang with you at all. Oh well, hopefully next time!
All the best, my friend,

this was the last email i got from him. i just wish bill and i would have hung, regardless of the busyness at the festival. now it's too late.


here's the official notice from modern drummer magazine:

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.

Below is information for those wishing to pay their respects.


Monday, December 15
2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Shooks Funeral Home
486 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
(973) 239-1489


Tuesday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.
Christ Episcopal Church Of Bloomfield - Glen Ridge
74 Park Avenue,
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
(973) 743-5911

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,

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing