Originally from Chicago, IL, David J. Miller studied with Thomas Ashworth while earning a Bachelor's Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Minnesota, and with Nitzan Haroz while earning a Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance at Temple University.

He was a member of the Charleston Symphony (SC), and solo trombonist with the Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes (Sinaloa, Mexico), of which he was a founding member. He was the principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City, Mexico).  He has performed solo recitals in Poland, given master classes in Mexico City, and was the trombone instructor at the Instituto Superior de Música del Estado de Veracruz in Mexico, as well as Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. He has performed with the Atlanta, Baltimore and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Kirov Ballet, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Sapporo, Japan), as well as with the Annapolis and Delaware Symphonies. He has given concerts with such international artists as Jose Carreras, Arturo Sandoval, and Paquito D’Rivera. 

He is currently a member of the US Navy Band in Washington, DC and Principal Trombonist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. His transcriptions for concert band have been recorded and performed on numerous tours of the US Navy Concert Band. He also arranges for The Barclay Brass, one of the premiere brass ensembles of the National Capitol Region. As an engraver and copyist, he worked for Kalmus Music, and now publishes his own arrangements at Sterling Music Editions. In 2010, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed the premiere of his critical edition of Mikhail Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila Overture under the direction of Charles Dutoit.