ROXBURY, NJ – A benefit concert will take place Nov. 10 for Scott Miller, a local drummer and percussion instructor who became partially paralyzed in January after suffering a stroke during a performance.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will happen at St. Mark’s Parish in Long Valley. Tickets will be $30 per person collected at the door and all proceeds will go toward alleviating Miller’s medical costs and other financial burdens.

Those unable to attend are being asked to consider making a donation at

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The concert is being organized by Rich Ortiz, a bandmate of Miller in the Captains of Leisure, an 8-piece outfit that plays at many Roxbury area venues. In addition to playing with Captains of Leisure, Miller was a drum and percussion teacher for nearly two decades with many of his students coming from Roxbury and Randolph.

He suffered the stroke earlier this year toward the end of a Captains of Leisure show and became paralyzed on his right side. Miller spent the next four weeks at University Hospital in Newark before being transferred to Kessler Rehabilitation Center for another four weeks.

Miller now lives with his father. He is undergoing physical therapy and occupational therapy and has made some gradual recovery while undergoing physical therapy PT and OT several times a week.

Roxbury area musicians expected to play at the benefit show include Ortiz and Miller’s other Captains of Leisure bandmates Derek Davodowich and Jim Risley.

Also on the bill will be:

  • Dennis D'Amico, a singer/songwriter/guitarist and executive producer of shows who has worked with Kenny Loggins, Bobby Caldwell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Scott and many more.
  • Walt Bibinger who studied under Grammy winner Harry Leahey, and has also played with Pizzarelli, Jimmy McGriff and Phil Woods among others.
  • Jack Tannehill, a local singer/songwriter/guitarist who has recorded several CDs and has been an opening act for Levon Helm, Dan Fogelberg and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
  • Vince Seneri, a dynamic keyboardist equally at home on organ or piano, who has performed and recorded with people like Randy Brecker, David Fathead Newman, and Dave Valentin.
  • Rio Clemente, who has recorded 10 CDs and performed all over the world at major jazz festivals, as well as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and the White House.
  • Lou Pallo, who has performed and recorded with a long list of musicians ranging from jazz greats Les Paul, Tony Bennett, Larry Coryell, Pat Martino, Herb Ellis and George Benson to blues legends like B.B. King and Clarence Gatemouth Brown to rockers such as Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page and Todd Rundgren. He will be playing with Eddie Brigati from The Rascals and his wife Susan.


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