Music

Merges  (on Drums, 2017 to present)

An alternative rock band performing original material in Raleigh, NC.

Purcella (producer, 2016)

Producer, engineer, composer, peformer for Purcella.

deliriums (on Drums, 2013)

Performed with “deliriums”, a hard-rock power trio from Orlando, FL. See the Bandcamp page on Facebook for band recordings with previous drummer. A new E.P. maybe featuring me on drums is planned for late spring or early summer.

Marc Ganancias, Policy of Discontent  (on Drums, 2012)

Played drums on 13 tracks.

Signals From Satellites  (on Drums, 2008 to 2012)

Interstate Wes Bound E.P. (2012, Selected Tracks)

Midnight Motion

Phil Stafford  (stage name)

Electronic Music

Selected Almost My Entire Musical Resume

Matt & Phil’s Band
1988 – Present

Guitar, vocals, songwriting, arranging – A.K.A. funfolk, The Boondogs. Albums worth of material. Released various demos. Folk/pop originals. Musical partnership with Matt also resulted in performing drumset and piano on several demos for his solo work.

deliriums
2013

Drumset – Post Punk originals. Performed in the Orlando, FL area.

Signals From Satellites
2009 – 2012

Drumset – Alt/Indie originals. Performed at venues across the state of Florida. Released two EPs.

Desert Springs Bible Church
2004 – 2006

Drumset, acoustic guitar, vocals – Weekly rehearsals & services.

The Rodger Clements Project
1999

Drumset – Progressive rock originals.

Frost
1997 – 1998

Drumset – Pop/Rock covers and originals.

Redding Dixie Land Ensemble
1997

Drumset – Dixie Land standards

The Coasters
1997

Drumset – Ad-hoc band on Redding, CA tour stop.

The Shirelles
1997

Drumset – Ad-hoc band on Redding, CA tour stop.

The North State Symphony Orchestra
Percussion

Spring/Summer Season 1997 – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. William Tell Overture. Pictures at an Exhibition.

River Valley Redding Foursquare Church
1997

Accoustic guitar – Worship leader for weekly meetings and special events.

The Phil Miller Band
1997

Drumset – Original rock. Released demo.

The Coastlands Aptos Foursquare Church – College and Career Group
1996

Accoustic guitar – Worship leader for weekly meetings and special events.

The Coastlands Aptos Foursquare Church
1995 – 1996

Drumset & electronic drums – In drumming rotation for youth and adult services.

The Sound of Music
1996

Pit drumset & percussion – Professional pit ensemble performed for Aptos High School production.

Little Shop of Horrors (again)
1995

Pit drumset, percussion & electronic sequences – Professional pit ensemble performed for Aptos High School production.

Little Shop of Horrors
1994

Pit drumset, percussion & electronic sequences – Professional pit ensemble performed for EA Hall Middle School production.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
1993

Pit drumset & percussion – Professional pit ensemble performed for Mountain Community Theatre winter season production.

Cabrillo Community College
1990 – 1996

Big Band, Concert Band, Jazz Combos, Choir, Chorale, Jazz Singers, private Lessons – Numerous concert performances for several seasons at the college campus and around Santa Cruz county. Released a professional studio recording with the Jazz Singers.

Aptos High School Jazz Singers and Jazz Choir
1990 – 1994

Drumset – Vocal Jazz Standards and Instrumental Combo – Perfessional rhythm section performed concerts, events, and area jazz festivals. Featuring Dr. Anthony Fesmire on guitar.

The Blue
1991

Drumset & electronic percussion – Progressive rock originals with Funk, Latin, and Jazz influences. Featuring Dr. Anthony Fesmire on guitar.

Central Coast Section Honor Band
1990

Percussion, including finger cymbals – Audition only honors concert band for Santa Cruz, Monterey, and surrounding Counties.

Affirmative
1991

Drumset & electronic percussion – Progressive rock originals. Wrote original material for the band. Featuring Dr. Anthony Fesmire on guitar.

Stop Running Away
1988

Pit & stage drumset, cast member in the role of “Alex Brap” – Co-wrote original rock musical performed at Watsonville High School.

Prior Engagement / Ageless Stranger
1987 – 1991

Drumset, electronic percussion, background vocals, songwriting – Rock Originals & Covers. Released numerous demos & EPs. Featuring Dr. Anthony Fesmire on guitar.

Music Education

Berklee College of Music
1994

Drumset – Theory, arranging, private lessons, songwriting club, songwriting competition. Formed pop-folk duo with friend. Numerous school work and demo recordings. Performed “caf-show” with Dr. Anthony Fesmire – Original progressive rock – Trip to Nashville – Met Janice Ian and others.

Cabrillo Community College
1990 – 1996

Music Major – Theory, ear-training, 4 part writing, 5 part writing, arranging, improvisation, private lessons, numerous performing ensembles (listed above). Also public speaking, mass media, English, Spanish, study skills, and more.

Private Lessons
1991 – 1994

Drumset & percussion – latin grooves, hand technique, time.

Watsonville Highschool
1988 – 1990

Marching band, concert band, pep-band, fair band, jazz ensemble, choir, madrigal choir.

Rolling Hills Middle School
1986 – 1988

Marching band, concert band.

Freedom Elementary School
1984 – 1986

School concert band. Tried Sax & Flute. Landed on drums, thank God.

Associations

B.M.I.
1994 – present

Registered writer/performer with B.M.I..

Equipment

Drums

TAMA Swingstar, black, traditional/standard depths

  • 22″ x 16″ kick
  • 12″ x 8″ tom
  • 16″ x 16″ floor
  • 14″ x 5.5″ snare

Stagemaster hardware; single pedal

Cymbals

Left to right

  • Custom 13.5″ Zildjian A Series New Beat Hi-Hats
  • 10″ Zildjain A Series Splash
  • 18″ Paiste Signature Series Thin China
  • 14″ Tama Hi-Hats (x-hat)
  • 20″ Zildjian A Series Medium Ride
  • 16″ Zildjian A Series Medium Thin Crash
  • 20″ Tama Ride (as a crash)

Sticks

Vic Firth SD2 Bolero Model, wood tip

Previous Set-ups

  • Yamaha Stage Custom, 5 piece, cherry finish
  • TAMA Artstar II, 5 piece, amber finish
  • TAMA Swingstar, 7 piece, misty chrome finish
  • CB-700, 5 piece, traditional/standard depths, blue sparkle finish with TAMA Swingstar 5.5 chrome snare