Kit Millais

Performer | Band Leader | Educator

Kit Millais is a low brass performer, band leader, educator and event runner from Melbourne, Australia. He pursues all creative opportunities constantly trying out new artistic directions and educational concepts to help innovate the music culture in the 21st century.

As a band leader he heads the ‘Hot Socks Big Band’. Hot Socks curate thought-out programs to fill a spot in Melbourne’s big band scene with music spanning the swinging 40s and 50s to the 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 colourful palettes and wild patterns, just like the band’s music itself.

He currently performs in many ensembles across a range of styles of ensembles, varying from New Music to the Baroque and from Jazz Bands to Orchestras. 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.

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 performance avenues, Kit has performed and recorded in many settings around Melbourne. Most notably he performed in Melbourne Festival’s headline show Taylor Mac’s ‘24 Decade History of Popular Music’  alongside a touring orchestra of professional American musicians. He also enjoys furthering his artistic capabilities through proficiency on Bass Trombone, Alto Trombone and Euphonium.

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 Masters of Music.


Musician: Kit Millais

Performance: Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta