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.