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Ben Miller Band

Poet and songwriter since childhood, Ben Miller started playing guitar at age 16. He soon left his home in Curlew, Washington and began his musical career on the streets of Northern Europe, playing his distinctive delta-blues slide guitar and honing his one-man-band performance style which now includes guitar, banjo, harmonica, autoharp, and foot percussion. Armed with a plethora of original songs and unique sounds, in 2004 he met Scott and Doug in Joplin, Missouri and formed the Ben Miller Band. Scott Leeper started playing drums at age 7 and by age 10 he was wowing audiences in his family’s band, The Leeper’s, playing local clubs in the Kansas area from 1970-1980. Throughout the 80’s he and his brother, Verne, worked as a duo and in various local bands, and in the 90’s Scott had a one-man country act. From 1997-2002, he played drums for hill country blues legend, Lightning Malcom, and also started playing wash tub bass. Throughout his career he’s performed with other blues and country legends such as Jesse May Hemphill, T Model Ford, and Jana Jay. In 2004, Scott began playing wash tub bass and singing backup vocal with pitch-perfect harmony for the Ben Miller Band. Doug Dicharry started playing trombone in the 6th grade and continued to study music throughout his college years. As an Air Force brat growing up and moving across the globe every two years, he assimilated an array of musical styles, from punk to ska, to progressive noise and school marching bands. In high school, he began playing trombone in various bands while teaching himself to play the drums. In 2004 he picked up the washboard, and with a bit of homemade ingenuity, made it electric. During that time, he met Ben at an open mic night in Joplin, Missouri and “followed him until he had to hire him”. Now Doug plays drums, trombone, trumpet, mandolin, percussion, electric washboard, and electric spoons for the Ben Miller Band. Together for the past seven years, the Ben Miller Band has crafted a tight, dynamic, and amazingly original sound that captivates and embraces people of all generations.

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