Don Marino, founder and music director/conductor of The Bravura Youth Symphonic Band, The Bravura Youth Jazz Band, the former Bravura Youth Symphony Orchestra and the founder of the Bravura Jazz Camp, is a highly-respected professor of music with over 50 years of experience as an educator, conductor, and musician.
Having taught and conducted musical groups at the elementary, middle school, high school, college and professional levels, he has achieved great success by combining his musical knowledge and motivational skills with energy, enthusiasm, friendliness and humor. He has conducted hundreds of concerts that included symphony orchestras, operas, ballets, musicals, wind ensembles, concert bands, jazz bands, and show choirs. Many of these concerts took place in famous venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, Royce Hall at UCLA and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. For twelve years he led the Southwest Youth Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles County which was recognized as one of the finest youth orchestras in southern California of its time. Professor Marino has been honored with many awards throughout his career including "Teacher of the Year" and, in 2011, was inducted into the California Alliance For Jazz Hall of Fame.
His teaching career began in 1966 at Ridgcrest Intermediate School in Palos Verdes. After 8 years there, he went on to teach at Palos Verdes High School for 11 years, establishing the instrumental program into one of the most highly-respected high school music programs in Southern California. Next came a 24 year tenure as a professor of music at Marymount California University in Palos Verdes. In addition, he has taught at El Camino College and Mt. San Jacinto College. Following that, he was the band director at Chaparral High School in 2009-10 and music director of the Inland Valley Youth Symphony. He is very proud of the fact that many of his former students, including two of his sons, are now professional musicians around the world.