Chris Millington graduated from the University of Ottawa, with a bachelor of music in performance. He then entered Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. There Chris studied with 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 was promoted and posted to the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy Victoria BC 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 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. His music has also been played on "Emmerdale" the second-longest sitcom after "Coronation Street" in the UK. Chris produced his premier release "day waves", followed by "Boppin at the Bengal Lounge", "The Christmas Album" and his latest "Back to the Basics". Chris's music can be heard daily on Stingray Smooth Jazz.
Chris 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. He has performed with Sonny Stitt, Maureen Forester, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Juliette, David Foster, Nathan East, Hugh Marsh, Tommy Banks, Joe Turner, The Temptations, Hugh Fraser, Bill Ramsay and Pete Christlieb. He has also opened for Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Earl and the Victoria Symphony twice.
18 years band leader Bengal Lounge Fairmont Empress / 22 New Year's Eve's Fairmont Empress / 20 years producer / bandleader Butchart Gardens. Chris's original compositions can be heard daily on Stingray smooth jazz.
"I sincerely appreciated the professionalism that you brought to every aspect of the production and working with us to present a flawless execution. Composing the theme song and music, making the opening video, composing the opening skit, the President's Awards, and the Theme Night arrangements were all extremely well executed. It was a real pleasure working with you and I look forward to a continued relationship."
Dave Wilson, Petro-Canada Market West Conference
"We're still receiving rave reviews about the band... you played for 900 guests from all over the world..."
Chair, Social/Protocol Committee, Camosun College
"It was really nice to hear that full bodied sound..."
We absolutely loved your performance! Thank you so much & please give regards to the band, they’re awesome! Looking forward to seeing & hearing you another time.
Private client - wedding
You and your band were outstanding, the crowd loved it. Thank you again for being part of making the Saanich Fair a success this year!!
The music and joy you brought was so appreciated, you and the band brought the FUN to the Fort..hope to see you again in the years to come. Parks Canada, Fort Rodd Hill Team