Trumpeter Mills dies; scholarship created
Renowned trumpet player and Hugh Hodgson School of Music Professor W. Fred Mills died in September following injuries from a traffic accident. He was 74 years old. The accident occurred in Walton County as Mills was returning to Athens following an overseas trip to perform.
Born in Guelph, Canada, Mills studied at the Juilliard School in New York City and went on to play with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Musica Aeterna Orchestra of the Metropolitan Museum, the Marlboro Festival Orchestra, the Casals Festival Orchestra, and the New York City Opera Orchestra.
A founding member of the Canadian Brass, he joined the UGA School of Music brass faculty in September 1996. Mills performed for 25 years in the great concert halls of Europe, North America, and Asia and made more than 40 recordings as a member of the Canadian Brass on the ACA, RCA, Sony, BMG, and Philips labels. At UGA Mills also coached a graduate brass quintet, the Bulldog Brass Society, which is comprised of graduate assistants specifically selected in a national competition. In 2001, he was named first recipient of the William F. and Pamela P. Prokasy Professorship in the Arts.