DRUMMER | COMPOSER | ARRANGER
Musical curiosity is behind Vancouver Island-born drummer Miles Fuller’s dedication to his craft. An active musician since 2011, he has had the privilege of spending his life surrounded by artists and musicians, all of whom have had a large impact on both his musical approach and philosophy. The music he heard as a child was diverse, ranging from his parents’ collection of jazz greats, to his grandparents’ influence of flamenco and Celtic folk music of Spain, to the sounds of local, West Coast artists.
Growing up in a musical environment, he began playing piano at a young age but soon shifted his primary focus to drums. In his early teens, Miles was accepted into a city-wide jazz band that solidified his love of performing for people – and his philosophy that music and passion are meant to be shared. This experience provided him the opportunity to learn from musical mentors from across Southern Vancouver Island, laid the foundation for joining an array of stylistically varied bands, and inspired his decision to pursue future studies in jazz and relocate to earn a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto.
While studying in Canada’s largest urban centre, he immersed himself in its rich and diverse music scene, honing his craft across the region’s pubs, clubs, festivals, and performance halls. He has been privileged to participate in ensembles under the direction of Steve Wallace, Jim Vivian, and Geoff Young; study with esteemed drummers Ethan Ardelli, Ernesto Cervini, Terry Clarke, Nick Fraser, and Jon Miller; and to share the stage with renowned musicians including Mike Cadó, Juno Award-winning saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, and three-time Grammy nominee trumpeter Tim Hagans. Miles has received awards ranging from the British Columbia Arts Council scholarship to the TD Niagara Jazz Fest ‘Jazz 4 The Ages’ competition, can be seen performing in the Victoria, BC and Toronto, ON music scenes, and is continuing his exploration of musical possibilities and freedom of self-expression.