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Best known for his role as Musical Director and Theme Composer for Paramount's long-running TV music/variety series, "Solid Gold", and for composing the opening theme song, "Just A Dream Away" sung by John Denver for the 1984 Winter Olympics, Michael Miller first showed promise in the music arena during high school by writing an arrangement called "Superstar Medley" in 1973 for guest artist and famed trumpeter, Bud Brisbois. The arrangement was a big success and, as a result, Bud introduced Michael to Henry Mancini who offered to become his mentor.

The following September, Michael was selected to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival in the California All Star High School Jazz Band where he was a featured trumpet soloist and composer. Legendary jazz trumpeter and lifelong hero of Michael's - Clark Terry - was a guest artist at the concert. Also, at the performance, Michael dedicated his composition "Something We Knew About Monterey '73" to the founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jimmy Lyons.

Michael then started college at UCLA and, within a year, he became the assistant musical director for the the last two seasons of the Carol Burnett Show and many others, and then was hired to write the theme song and be the musical director of the entire run of Paramount TV's, "Solid Gold" (1980-1989), which was comprised of about 400 shows. His "Solid Gold Theme" started and ended every single episode.

One of the most special musical experiences Michael had was composing and arranging the opening theme song "Just a Dream Away" for the 1984 Winter Olympics, which John Denver performed while standing in the snow of Sarajevo.

Shortly afterward, the well known opera tenor, Placido Domingo, asked Michael to conduct his recording of "Just a Dream Away", and then Dionne Warwick recorded it as well.

In 1990, Michael decided to follow another one of his dreams, so he went to live on various islands in the Pacific: Fiji, Maui, and New Zealand. He continues to make frequent trips to Hollywood where he maintains close friendships and mentors his Godson, Josh Shpak, who in 2011 was a featured trumpet soloist at the Monterey Jazz Festival and is now, through Michael's introduction, the protégé of Clark Terry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Greene

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