Zach Millwood's passions in life revolve around music — performing, teaching, and making professional-level oboe and bassoon reeds. He explored his mechanical side through his early roots in model cars, computers, farm work, and shop tools, and he gradually began staying up until 3:00am making lots of reeds. Luckily, he ran into some of the world’s best teachers along the way.
After earning his Cum Laude degree in music performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on a full-tuition scholarship, Mr. Millwood subsequently relocated to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas where he began full-time private instruction of the bassoon, oboe, and flute, teaching 40+ students weekly, and honing his reedmaking.
In short order, his students began placing in top chairs at Region and Area contests, have earned college scholarships, and have even attended the Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Typical students place well in competition ensembles, we have a blast in lessons, and they quickly outpace their peers.
Performing and Teaching
Zach Millwood lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, performing professionally with various ensembles and serving as the Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Among the ensembles with which he collaborates:
2nd bassoon, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Principal bassoon, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
2nd bassoon, Symphony of the Mountains
Substitute bassoon and contrabassoon: Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Cayambis Sinfonietta.
An Irish music and barbershop quartet fan, Mr. Millwood loves to play sessions on pennywhistle and bodhran (Irish drum – super cool) and sing tags with anyone!
Currently, he teaches private oboe and bassoon students of all ages locally in the Knoxville, Tennessee area and instructs bassoon students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Maryville College in addition to teaching Woodwind Methods courses at both schools.
"The perfect one-size-fits-all reed."
"I'm extremely picky about my reeds, and Tiger Reeds have met all my needs. Choosing between Zach's reeds is always a matter of trying not to buy every reed he has."
“Happiness is……..a new box of Tiger Reeds in your mailbox.”