Kit Millais is a low brass performer, band leader, educator from Melbourne, Australia. He pursues all creative opportunities to constantly try out new artistic directions and educational concepts to help innovate the music culture in the 21st century.
As a band leader he leads the ‘Hot Socks Big Band’. The Hot Socks Big Band curates programs to fill a spot in Melbourne’s big band scene, spanning the music of the swinging 40s and 50s to the more cutting edge styles of contemporary big band composition. The band’s name stems from their exotic sock-wearing style and flair, which brightens up the floor with vibrant colour palettes and wild patterns, just like the band’s music itself.
He currently performs in many ensembles across a range of styles including New Music, Jazz, Classical, Theatre, Funk and Baroque. He has performed orchestral music with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra alongside volunteering his time with many local community orchestras and opera companies in Melbourne. In the contemporary scene he regularly performs in theatre shows and was involved in the ARTS8 Collective which is a project based interdisciplinary art ensemble including: circus performers, musicians, actors, directors, dancers and filmmakers.
As a chamber musician he is active in creating opportunities in both traditional and nontraditional ensembles. In brass quintets he has performed for University of Melbourne Graduation Ceremonies and church services for over 500 people. His trombone quartet has recorded and workshopped contemporary works at the University of Melbourne. His most recent venture is a percussion duo formed with his close friend Alison Fane, where they will explore a variety of repertoire for trombone and marimba.
Alongside these performing ensembles, Kit has performed and recorded in many settings around Melbourne. Most notably he performed in Melbourne Festival’s headline show ‘24 Decade History of Popular Music’. This show was written and performed by leading theater artist ‘Taylor Mac’ and was led by New York Music Director Matt Ray. Kit enjoys showcasing his artistic capabilities through proficiency on Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Alto Trombone, Euphonium and through improvisation.
In education Kit looks to inspire his students with both his own artistic and musical direction as well as inviting them to be involved with the great local music scene. His students experience a full rounded instruction of both practical music alongside theoretical and historical knowledge. He supports his students with up to date pedagogy taught to him at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where he is currently undertaking a Master of Music.
Musician: Kit Millais Performance: Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta