Milt Orkin

Milt joined Producers, Inc. in April of 2004, after a long and successful run as the touring coordinator for the River City Brass Band, where he handled the touring for 13 years. (Milt was an original member of the Band, performing on baritone, euphonium and trombone over the course of 22 years and was often featured as a vocalist.) He brings to the Producers team a deep well of performing and arts management experience.

Milt grew up in Long Island, NY in the south shore town of North Babylon. He was active in music and local theater there as a teenager and attended the renowned Usdan Center for the Arts. His first trombone teacher was former Buddy Rich and Jimmy Dorsey trombonist Jim Lamendola. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied trombone and euphonium with the late Byron McCulloh, then bass trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, receiving a BFA in Trombone Performance along with a double major in Administration. He also studied voice with Lee Cass and had additional study with former Maynard Ferguson trombonist Randy Purcell and Long Island Pops Conductor Dean Karahalis.

In addition to Milt’s work with RCBB, his professional performing career has included trombone & vocal work with George Gee’s Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra, The Balcony Big Band, (Pittsburgh’s premiere Monday night band for over 10 years), the jazz vocal group JIVE and Randy Purcell’s “Big Bad Band!” He was also the Bass Soloist for many years at Smithfield United Church in Pittsburgh. Milt has been an active free-lance musician for over 20 years, performing chamber music, jazz and commercial engagements. He was on the staff of Carnegie Mellon University’s pre-college program for 15 years as an instructor with the River City Youth Brass Band.

Milt’s work as an agent began in 1990. He was the face of the River City Brass Band at conferences and regional meetings for many years. He handled all aspects of booking for the group through the beginning of 2004, when he accepted an invitation to join the team at Producers.

Milt has been an active member of NAPAMA and has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour Program and the PA Presenters. He has served on regional conference committees (including the host committee for the 2004 PAE in Pittsburgh) and has been a panelist for a number of state and regional arts initiatives.

Milt married Magda Konig in March 2004. His private leadership activity includes board member of Beth Israel Center, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Alumni member and former President.