The Highlife Band

Two Story Zori

The Jazz Underground

Selassie I Soldier

Daniel Miller started playing music with violin at age of four. Growing up taking lessons and playing concerts, he gained early exposure to a variety of music styles and fell in love with music from early on.  After picking up ukulele, guitar, and bass in grade school, he formed a series of bands, always with the position of lead singer, songwriter, and manager.


Through his extensive worldwide travels, his mother's French heritage, studies in Accra at the University of Ghana, collaborative recordings in Kingston, Jamaica with reggae artists, Turbulence, and Al Pancho, and a member of Senegalese group, Ibrahima Camara and Safal, Daniel has a deep understanding and appreciation of the many different dialects of music.  He has also performed with Cee-lo Green and Jason Mraz.


He holds a degree in Contemporary Writing and production from Berklee College of Music as well as a degree in International Studies from the Jackson School at the University of Washington.


He performs regularly with Seattle reggae favorites, The Highlife Band, an 18 piece big band called The Jazz Underground,  Hawaiian Reggae Band, Two Story Zori  and Selassie I Soldier. He manages, composes, and does booking for the Highlife Band, which completed a 10 city tour of France and Spain in 2014, a month long tour of the West Coast and British Columbia in 2015, and a tour of France and Belgium in 2018.  The latest album is available here.


In addition to performing, Daniel has a passion for teaching music and passing on the craft to others.  He is the owner of Rockory Music School.  Located in Kirkland, WA, the school focuses on Jazz, World Music, R&B, and Classical styles.  Children and adults enjoy quality private lessons, band programs, music appreciation, theory, recording courses, and summer camps. He is a member of Music Teachers National Association, as well as the Washington State and Lake Washington Music Teacher local chapters.

Daniel is also an adept composer, arranger, and producer, having created musical works for his 3 performing groups. He co-produced The Highlife Band’s “Show Love” album, composed all of the songs for the group’s repertoire, and is most recently presenting an original arrangement of “Come Rain or Come Shine” for the Jazz Underground, to be premiered later in spring of 2019. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy.

©2019 Daniel François Miller