Don Marino

Don Marino

Programming Consultant

 Don Marino has enjoyed a respected career as a music educator,  professional conductor, and performing bassist.  He spent 23 years as an  Associate Professor of Music at Marymount California University in  Palos Verdes. He has enjoyed conducting hundreds of concerts, musicals,  operas and ballets and has conducted at famous venues such as the  Hollywood Bowl, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music  Center, the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Royce Hall at UCLA.

Although Don has conducted many different musical ensembles such as  orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and choirs, his passion is  conducting musical theater.  During his career he has worked on over 80  musical theater productions as musical director, conductor and   producer.  For seventeen years, he served as resident conductor for the  City of Torrance Community Theater, for which he received the coveted  Fine Arts Award from the city.  In addition, he has conducted  productions for Riverside City College, Fullerton College, the City of  Redondo Beach and the Norris Theater in Palos Verdes.

For 12 years, he was the musical director and conductor of the  Southwest Youth Symphony Orchestra which was recognized as one of the  most outstanding youth orchestras in Los Angeles County.

Among his many awards, in 1985 he was selected as one of 10  finalists, out of over 200 nominees, for the “Bravo” Award from the Los  Angeles Music Center Education Division and, in 1984, he was awarded  “High School Teacher of the Year” by the Palos Verdes school district.   In 2011, he was inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of  Fame for his work as a jazz educator.

Presently, he is very honored and thrilled to be the founder and  Music Director of the Bravura Youth Symphonic Band  and Bravura Youth  Jazz Band in Temecula.