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.