Tim McMillen has been an active trombonist, arranger, and educator for more than 25 years. He currently serves as Director of Bands at Sulphur High School in Sulphur La. and the director of the jazz ensembles at his alma mater, McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. After completing his Bachelor of Music degree from McNeese and his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, Mr. McMillen served as an arranger and trombonist in the United States Air Force band program. His arrangements and performances have been featured on numerous Air Force Band recordings, and two of his original compositions were recorded by the prestigious UNT One O'Clock Lab band on the Lab '90 and Lab '91 CDs. He has written over 350 commissioned works for orchestra, concert, jazz, and marching bands across the world. These include arrangements for shows featuring Wynonna, Josh Turner, Clay Walker, Little Big Town, and Diamond Rio that were performed for over 25 million people on the Armed Forces Network and for the nation on the Great American Country channel's Holiday Notes from Home Christmas Special.
Mr. McMillen has had the privilege of performing across the country, as well as Canada and Europe. Currently the lead trombonist for Kris Berg’s Metroplexity Big Band in Dallas, TX, he has shared the stage and the studio with the likes of Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Denis DiBlasio, Clay Jenkins, and Andy Timmons. Other performances have included The Temptation, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, Percy Sledge, Wayne Newton, and Marie Osmond. He has studied trombone with Steve Wolfinbarger, Susan Smith, Bill Rose, and Vern Kagarice, and his primary arranging instructor and influence was Paris Rutherford. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at McNeese State University since 2004, teaching classes in jazz studies and music education, directing the symphonic and jazz bands, and serving as the assistant marching band director. Mr. McMillen is a member of the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity.