A career musician, Chris is leader of The Chris Millington Big Band, the Light Jazz Quartet, the pop/rock group ORION and several other successful ensembles.
Chris Millington graduated from the University of Ottawa, with a bachelor of music (cum laude) in performance. He then entered Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. There Chris studied under the auspices of world renowned instrumentalist Joe Viola. At age 22, Chris won an audition for the principal saxophone position in the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, Canada's premier military band. Chris performed for ten years in the Canadian governments' top diplomatic musical ensemble. In 1988, Chris Millington was promoted and posted to Victoria, British Columbia where he assumed the position of Director of the navy's jazz ensemble, The Tradewinds Jazz Orchestra.
Throughout Chris's career he has toured with and led various musical ensembles across North America, Europe, Cyprus, the Pacific Rim and Russia. He has performed for the CBC, CTV and Global television networks, numerous radio jingles, theatre shows, and jazz festivals across Canada. After performing on numerous albums and CDs, Chris produced his premier release "Day Waves" in 1996. The CD features The Chris Millington Big Band performing a selection of popular hits and the Light Jazz Quartet performing five of Chris's original compositions.
Over the past 20 years, Chris Millington has performed for numerous dignitaries including Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Ministers Jean Chretien, Margaret Thatcher, and presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin at the Vancouver Summit, as well as many corporate CEOs. He has performed with artists Sonny Stitt, Maureen Forester, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Juliette, David Foster, Tommy Banks, Louise Rose, Joe Turner, The Temptations and two time Juno Award winner Hugh Fraser. In 1998, Chris was invited to perform with Grammy Award nominee Bill Ramsay and Pete Christlieb, of Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show Band fame, at the North American Saxophone Alliance Convention.
Chris's CD titled "Boppin at the Bengal Lounge" features seven new original compositions and live performances recorded in the world famous Bengal Lounge of The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia.
The latest CD project "Christmas Album"
features beautiful instrumental renditions of contemporary classics performed by the quartet and a selection of traditional favourites sung by the Empress carolers. http://www.seamill.com/cdrelease.html