Born in Machias, Maine, R.J. Miller began playing the drums at age 11. He developed an appetite for good music early on, and attended a Jazz Camp in Farmington, Maine throughtout his teenage years, where he played with other budding musicians and studied with some of New York's finest musicians.
R.J. moved to New York City in the fall of 2002, where he studied Jazz at New School University for one year. Since leaving the New School, Miller has been traveling, and living in New York. He has performed with musicians such as, Bill McHenry, Robert Stillman, Eivind Opsvik, Rebecca Martin, Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, Mike Kanan, John McNeil, Ben Monder, Chris Higgins, Matt Penman, Pete Rende, Larry Grenadier, Luke Temple, and more.