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Jack Maurice Millman has been involved full-time in professional music activity since 1947 and has been composing and orchestrating music since 1948. Millman may be described as a highly gifted composer, whose long activity in the music industry gives him a unique signature when applied to his symphonic compositions. Clearly Jack has developed a far-reaching and strikingly original musical language, one which avoids the simplistic or overly complex and yet commands recognition for its rhythmic and romantic soul.
Jack embarked upon his early musical career as a professional jazz trumpeter. He studied trumpet with Rafael Mendez and Shorty Rogers, composition, orchestration and arranging with Alexander Laslo and Eric Zeisl. While in college he composed a Suite for Orchestra, “Reflections in Thought & Conception,” and conducted the performance by the University Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 2500.
When he was just 17 he “sat in” with Lionel Hampton at the Meadowbrook Ballroom and was then invited by Hamp to join the band for a 6-week stint at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. Just before he was drafted in the Army where he played with the 6th Army Band at the Presido in San Francisco, he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra for a West Coast Road Tour. When he completed his service he came out to form and manage his own jazz groups throughout the 50ties that played the West Coast scene extensively. He joined Prez Prado’s Band for a brief road tour in 1955 during which time he also composed a series of jazz charts which gained noteable popularity with local Southern California musicians.
Jack returned to Hollywood to record four albums on major labels with his own All Star personnel performing many of his own compositions and as well as popular standards. Millman then formed an 18-piece Big Band that performed at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa where he was actively involved in the surf/rock craze. Dick Dale, Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys, as well as many other surf/rock groups played at the Rendezvous under Jack’s baton.
Jack laid down his trumpet in 1962 and formed a music library in Hollywood, CA while he continued his serious symphonic compositions. His first and second symphony were composed and orchestrated for 132 pieces with a jazz and latin insert. He designed the New World Symphony Orchestra to perform his Jazz Symphonies.
His business career blossomed and his music library serviced an extensive international clientele with music for motion pictures, television, advertising, radio, records and tapes and he acquired an extensive addition to his music library of nostalgia name product.
In the late-70ties Jack invented the Startime Video Jukebox designed to join the Music Video era with advertising media via a random access device that played in tandum with the entertainment clips. He was honored by the Smithsonian Museum of American History for his invention of the first Video Jukebox that was announced in the 98th Congressional Record.
In the mid-80ties Jack relocated to Santa Fe, NM where he became familiar with local talent as a music critic for the Santa Fe Reporter. While in Santa Fe he composed three symphonies, taught composition and orchestration at the College of Santa Fe, produced, recorded and video-taped two live broadcasts for NPR with 25 extremely talented and professional local performers. He founded “High Desert Beat Productions” which was a big hit on the local southwestern scene.
In 1995 he moved to Sedona AZ where he began the compositional sketch of Symphony No. 6 and liaisoned with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra until he relocated to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2002 to work with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fortunately, Jack’s music library and rights to the product he’s accumulated throughout the years is internationally and commercially desirable, and has allowed him to locate wherever opportunity, beauty and tranquility abound and where the musical ability of local talent is active. The University of Florida in Gainesville presents such a venue and Jack is developing his 7th Symphony for the UF Concert Band which he calls “The March of the Gators”.