Milt Briggs Champion Whistler
Most people don't think of the human whistle as a musical instrument, but it has been my main musical instrument all my life. I support my whistling with my own musical arrangements using guitar, piano, or keyboard accompaniment. My arrangements are 'for a whistler by a whistler.' I have composed 40 pieces for whistling that have a wide variety of styles - classical to jazz and blues. My CD 'Milt Briggs champion Whistler' has 9 of my original pieces for whistling and 9 traditional tunes. I am a maverick in the whistling community because I am self accompanied and I always perform with my own live accompaniement. It is my signature. I learned to whistle when I was 4 years old. When I was 10 years old I began performing with the choir of the small country school I attended. The choir would sing the verse and I would whistle the chorus. We performed at other schools and elsewhere in the community. People loved it. Amazingly, from the time I was 12 I didn't whistle for an audience until I was 41 years old. Working a day job and raising a family took up my energies. I am now devoting more time to performing and recording. As a performer I do a wide variety of gigs. I have performed for preschool age children all the way through retirees. I sometimes weave whistling into musical stories for children and adults. Other times I do straight musical performances. International Grand Champion Whistler - 1985 Lillian Williams Award for professional whistlers - 1987 Whistler's Hall of Fame International radio and TV appearances Judge at national and international whistling competitions Founding Director of the International School for Whistlers held in conjunction with the International Whistler's convention Member ASCAP.