Wednesday, September 9, 2009

UGA Professor W. Fred Mills, a renowned trumpet player, killed in crash

University of Georgia music professor and internationally renowned trumpet player W. Fred Mills died following a single-car crash Monday night in Walton County.

Mills, 74, of Greystone Terrace, was driving from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when his car ran off the road in Monroe.

Mills was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Mills was returning from an engagement in Italy where he'd performed with the Pentabrass Quintet, according to friends who gathered at the hospital Monday night.

A professor of trumpet and brass chamber music in UGA's Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Mills also belonged to the renowned chamber music group Canadian Brass for 24 years.

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