Fred Mills
MONROE, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia music professor Fred Mills, a Grammy nominee who made numerous records as a trumpeter with the Canadian Brass quintet and performed with several orchestras, has died, the school said Tuesday.

He was 74. The university said he was killed Monday night in a car crash in Walton County, about 45 miles east of Atlanta. UGA officials said Mills was driving to his Athens home from Atlanta's airport after an overseas trip.

Mills joined the university's faculty in 1996. Besides teaching trumpet, he coached a graduate brass quintet, The Bulldog Brass Society. He had attended the Juilliard school of music in New York, where he got his first job offer even before he graduated.

As a trumpeter, the Canada native performed across the globe - from Sweden's Brass Nova to Orquesta Sinfonica de Aguascalientes in Mexico.

In 1961, he was a founding member of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York. He also was pr incipal trumpet for the New York City Opera, and played with the National Art Centre Orchestra in Canada and the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Mills also recorded more than 40 albums with the Canadian Brass and was nominated for a Grammy award in 1992.

A statement on the Canadian Brass Web site called Mills a "Canadian treasure who changed the world's musical perspective."

The statement also said he "spent over fifty years helping establish the trumpet as a beautiful, lyrical voice amongst solo orchestral instruments."

UGA officials called Mills an "inspiration to all who knew him."

"One of the finest performers and teachers of his generation, he was at the same time a warm and generous colleague and a dear friend." said Dale Monson, director of the music school.


Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sep. 9, 2009.
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i have no idea how old u where when u said adios now im saying adios, ADIOS!
stacee grim
October 25, 2012
Fred was a talented man. He will always be remembered. As we reflect on his life may the thoughts found at Revelation 21:3,4 bring peace and comfort to us all.
M M
August 18, 2011
Fred,
I can't begin to find the words to thank you for all that you have done for me! You were my friend, my mentor, and my hero. I can only say that I am a better man for having known you. Rest in peace, my dear friend.
Matthew Jenkins
January 12, 2011
earl williams
May 19, 2010
candice coker
May 18, 2010
Those we love left us with gifts that no one can take away. They gave us wisdom, friendship, advice, comfort when we needed it, and memories of their laughter and smile. These are gifts of love that are ours to keep. Although I don’t know the family I would like to send my condolences to you. May the tender mercy that God has always shown be with your family now so you will know that you are not alone. And may the prayers of others help in some small way to bring you strength, comfort and courage each day. Many words will be expressed, yet we know God can express and provide to you and your family everything that is needed to care and sustain your hearts at this time. - Isaiah 41:10 & 13.
A Guest
March 30, 2010
I just learned of Fred's passing. I knew him back when he was with the Canadian Brass and played at Ruth Eckerd Hall (1992) where I sang in the community chorus that backed the Brass. He was a dear man who I respected greatly and considered a friend. My husband and I send condolences to all who knew him. - Joyce Evans Alsop & Sam Alsop, St. Petersburg, FL
Joyce Alsop
February 8, 2010
My sympathies to Fred Mills Family and friends.
Greg Beaudoin
September 28, 2009
My condolences to the Mills family on your loss. May the Bible's promises for the future bring you comfort.
September 22, 2009
What a joy it was to meet you when you performed at my alma mater, Adrian College. I am sure all the angels in heaven are enjoying your masterful trumpet playing. My prayers are with your family.
Doug Brown
September 22, 2009
For Fred

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
September 20, 2009
First time I heard the Canadian Brass was in 1973, at the T.U.B.A. convention in College Park, MD. This was the year after they formed the group. About fifty of us from a community band went together. The show was a knockout, and I recall Fred popping up unannounced in the balcony, playing Brandenburg #2 on picc trumpet, with one hand in his pocket. Such was his skill on the horn and his sense of humor.
Stan Modjesky
September 19, 2009
Fred, not only will we miss your music but we will miss your humor. Rest in peace dear friend.
E H
September 18, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jon Lowder
September 18, 2009
I feel saddened by this loss to the music world. Fred and the other members of the Canadian Brass have made classical music enjoyable for millions. Their concerts blend artistry and humor that helped many to learn to love music. May Fred rest in peace.
Jane
September 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
JON LOWDER
September 15, 2009
September 14, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
September 14, 2009

For Fred


WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
September 13, 2009
I first met Fred at the New York State Music Camp when we were teenagers. He was an exceptional musician and a friend. It was a privilege to perform with him then and at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY as undergraduates. He was an inspiration to me and the many students he worked with!
It was an honor to be his friend.
My sympathy and prayers are with his family.
Dick Schuyler
September 13, 2009
Saddened by the loss of Mr. Mills. One of my trumpet heroes-a real inspiration. I'll never forget the live performances and will always treasure his recordings.
Vern Campbell
September 13, 2009
My deepest sympathy are with your family at this bereaved time. Many bereaved ones have found that talking can be a helpful release. Would it not be even more helpful to pour out your feelings to the God who promises to comfort our hearts?
Wanda Henry
September 12, 2009
Had it not been for Mr. Mills, I never would've been invited backstage after a concert. Because of that, I was able to meet everyone, get autographs and spend some time chatting. It's fair to say that I floated home that evening, and I still remember him and the evening with great fondness.
Michele Cross
September 12, 2009
I can say that the Canadian Brass has been the most responsible for my desire to play the trumpet. If one could wear out a CD, it would be the ones of the CB. Fred will be greatly missed.
Tom Seeker
September 11, 2009
For Fred

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
September 11, 2009
Fred was a true mentor to many, including our son, whom called his "son" and who hopefully will have the honor of playing at his memorial. Fred was a true friend of our family and we will miss the entertaining times we had around our dinner table. A gracious and talented musician who loved to share his talents with others and had joy in those he taught as he saw them grow in the love he had for trumpet music. We will miss Fred greatly
charles summerour
September 11, 2009
So sad to have heard of Fred's passing. I remember him introducing himself to me as I tried out trumpets at Giardinelli's in NYC over 30 years ago. We didn't know eachother and I didn't recognize him at first, but his generous spirit as he offered unsolicited compliments and conversation left me most grateful and inspired. He offered me tickets to a Canadian Brass Quintet concert that evening, too. My sympathy to his family.
Adam Gordon
September 10, 2009
This is Bob Barnette of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Losing Fred is a huge loss to the music world. He was a neat guy.
September 10, 2009
I'm very sad. Fred was great musicist and great friend for me. I can't never to forget every moment lived with him. I miss you. Rest in peace and my deepest sympathies to all Mill's Family and Friend.
Luigi Gallo
Gallo Luigi
September 10, 2009
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Mills, but I saw the accident as it happened and it has really taken a toll on me. It is apparent from the research that I have done on him that he has influenced a number of individuals. I extend my deepest condolences to all of his friends, family, and anyone else who has been affected by this tragedy. God bless.
Virlea Hill
September 10, 2009
I first knew Fred from my days at Juilliard, but my fondest memory is of the day he came to my home in NY to try mouthpieces. I had the incredible opportunity to listen to Fred play, alone and uninterrupted, for more than 3 hours. His tone, range, style, technique, endurance, versatility, and sheer beauty defined trumpet playing in a way that I have not heard before or since. That is how I will remember Fred Mills.
Ed Altshuler
September 10, 2009
What a loss, to his family, the university and music lovers across the globe. I had the privilege of hearing him many times in person and was always amazed by his virtuosity and grace. May his family find peace in the knowledge that he and his colleagues touched the lives of countless people everywhere.
Jack Hodson
September 10, 2009
REST IN PEACE
SCOTT CHAMBERLAND
September 10, 2009
I first had the opportunity to meet Mr Mills when I was a young teenager in Covington, Georgia. The Canadian Brass performed on a concert series that changed so many lives through enrichment and not just entertainment. I had the honor of several conversations through the years as our circles intersected with my career in curriculum, composition, and education.

My deepest sympathies are with you as you listen and hear silence for a while as you grieve. Please know, however, literally thousands of children and teachers from three year olds to those who retired many years ago, listen to his music stil and learn and live and have found a love for an entire genre of music that might have been lost had he not been willing to laugh through his instrument ;)

May you soon hear songs of peace and joy again.

Catherine Fowler (ASCAP)
Cathe' Fowler
September 10, 2009
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September 10, 2009
In 1996, I was 9 years old, and I sat next to Mr. Mills in the St. Louis airport. I was carrying my trumpet case, and of course he asked me if I played. I said "yes--I'm on my second week!" His eyes lit up with enthusiasm, said he "also played", and he encouraged me to stick with it. Only after our conversation did I learned of his talent and fame, but I'll always remember Mr. Mills as an uncomplicated, humble spirit--truly a giant in my eyes. My sympathies to his family, friends and to his students.
Giovanni Larenzo
September 10, 2009
Us you will lack Fred beloved. My family cries the artist and man. We have lost a second father. We will always remember to you!
Gallo Santo
September 10, 2009
Thank you for sharing your talent. Rest in Peace Fred.
Sheila Smith
September 10, 2009
To the the family of Fred Mills - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow,I know that Fred will be missed by many.
R Golay
September 10, 2009
I had the privilege and pleasure of performing (percussion) with Fred Mills with the Atlanta Concert Band for a performance of Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday". Fred was so patient with this group of volunteer musicians as we prepared for performance in the Rialto Theatre. Fred Mills was a mentor and an inspiration to his students, the colleagues and the Community Band members whose lives he touched with his gifts of musical talent. We will miss your virtuoso playing as well as your genuine kindness to the amateur musician...who continues to play in community bands and orchestras. You leave a great legacy.
Warren Abrahams
September 9, 2009
My sympathy to the Mills family. Carl Myers, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Carl Myers
September 9, 2009
Thank you for sharing your music with the world.
September 9, 2009
50 years of memories have been floating through my mind since I heard of Fred's death yesterday. No one loved the trumpet and the trumpet world more than Fred. His great musicianship and even more, his warm friendship will be greatly missed by all of us who were lucky enough to know him well.
Allan Dean
September 9, 2009
I met Fred at the International Trumpet Guild. Not only was he a great player, but a gracious person. Friendly to the least of us. He will be miss greatly.
David Ewing
September 9, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Joy (Revelation 21:4)
September 9, 2009
a favorite Fred Mills story: the Brass played tiny Covington, GA back in the 1980's. As it happened, they were fed dinner at the home of the wonderful fellow who brought the Brass to our town. The host asked if the Brass might return one day, and Fred said "we will if you'll feed us this good fried chicken again." The host agreed, and the Brass came back the next year for an encore performance! I'm broken up that Fred's gone, but so happy that I had a chance - as just a regular guy - to know him personally.
Nat Harwell
September 9, 2009
TO THE BEREAVED FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS SUCH SADNESS, BUT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE PRAYING THAT YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE STRENGTH YOU NEED TO GET THROUGH EACH DAY.
Chele
September 9, 2009
From one trumpeter to another, the Canadian Brass was always a favorite part of my iPod collection. The next time that I play "When the Saint Go Marchin' In", it will be for you and Ray Starrett, another trumpeter who has gone on to his reward.
Arnett Howard
September 9, 2009
Celebrate his life. If there are tears it's because he cared about you.

Roasted Stone Memorials
Clovis, CA
Heidi Halbe
September 9, 2009
Fred was a great guy with an open heart that was eager to help people. Life was a lighthearted journey for him... I wish he could have been around longer.
Will Timmons
September 9, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Thelma Cook
September 9, 2009
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