With an insatiable urge to explore new and old sounds, Milo Fultz strives to work with as many styles and personalities as he can handle. From big bands and small jazz ensembles to pit orchestras and classical ensembles, blues, rock, funk, and soul groups to singer/songwriters, ukelele bands, and melodica duos, he finds joy in the variety and loves sharing every minute of it.
He played with the blues-rock group Ty Curtis Band, who were awarded 2nd place for Best Blues Band in the 2009 International Blues Competition in Tennessee, and performed across North America, including the St. Johns Blues Festival in the Virgin Islands and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Currently, he plays and records regularly with groove quartet YamaYama, winners of the 2013 Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Blues/Pop/Rock Group in the undergraduate division.
Fultz performs extensively in the classical idiom, holding the Principal Bass position in the Boise Philharmonic and working with the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. As a soloist, he entered the final round of the 2014 Eugene Symphony Young Artists Competition, was showcased at the 2014 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium as a featured performer, and presented a solo recital earlier that year which included his arrangement of Bartok's "Romanian Folk Dances" for melodica and two double basses.
Apart from being an active freelancer and recording musician, he is also a musical theater lover, and played in the pit orchestra of many different ballets, operas and musicals including the 2013 opera premiere, “The Canticle of the Black Madonna” in Eugene, Oregon, the award-winning 2011 production of Avenue Q at Lord Leebrick Theater, and as a section bassist in Orchestra NEXT, resident orchestra for Eugene Ballet Company.
Understanding the value of a healthy musical community, he has organized events that look to help build new musical relationships and inspire creative opportunities for the community as a whole; such as the “24-Hour Composition Competition”, where composers from around the country and local musicians prepare a piece of music in one day. He also is an active teacher, maintaining a private studio where he teaches upright and electric bass and tutors general music theory and ear training, and collaborates with schools to assist students and give lessons.
Milo Fultz graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Music in music performance from the University of Oregon in 2014.