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Chris Millington Bio

“Thanks very much to you and the whole band for bringing so much energy to the event – it was fantastic.” The Chris Millington Band at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Christmas Party

“You played for approximately 900 delegates that were from across Canada, United States, England, Australia, South Africa and Jordan. Thank you for providing a wonderful end to a successful conference.” The Chris Millington Band for Camosun College

“I heard from many delegates how fantastic the band and singers were and that they wanted to keep dancing till dawn.” The Fairmont Empress

One of Victoria’s top musical powerhouse bands. The Butchart Gardens

“All parts of the project including composing of the theme song and music, the making of the opening video….were extremely well executed. …every aspect of the production and working with us to present a flawless execution to the audience. It was a real pleasure working with you and I look forward to a continued relationship.” Petro Canada, Western Canada Conference

“Happy New Year to you Chris! We were absolutely delighted with your performance and service provided by your trio. Everything about it was perfect for our special occasion. Truly wonderful! When we have our next gathering, we will be calling. “ Private event at The Union Club

… your trio greatly contributed to the ambience we were trying to create at the event. Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

  • 18 years bandleader Bengal Lounge, Fairmont Empress
  • 22 years NYE Ballroom, Fairmont Empress
  • 4 years NYE Mary Winspear Centre and still running
  • 20 years The Butchart Gardens and still running

You can listen to Chris’s recordings on Stingray Smooth Jazz

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, where he 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, Ottawa, 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, British Columbia where he assumed the position of Director of the navy’s 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”, followed by “Boppin’ at the Bengal Lounge” , “The Christmas Album” and “Back to the Basics”.

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 artists Sonny Stitt, Maureen Forester, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Juliette, David Foster, Hugh Marsh, Tommy Banks,  Joe Turner, The Temptations, Nathan East, Hugh Fraser, Bill Ramsay and Pete Christlieb. Chris has also opened for Roy Hargrove and for the Victoria Symphony twice.