Duncan McMillan started exploring the world of sound at home on the family piano, inspired by his father’s stride piano version of the popular song, “Yes sir, that’s my baby.” The roots of his musical career began under the influence of Frederic Dehaven as a chorister in the Boys choir of Christ Church Grosse Pointe from 1980-1987.
After a brief hiatus from musical pursuits,Duncan studied Jazz Piano and Music Theory with James Hohmeyer, Bess Bonnier and Matt Michaels between 1989-1992.
Upon graduation from Western Michigan University in 1997(B.M. piano performance/jazz studies), Mr. McMillan has established a reputation as a versatile musician, working with such diverse artists as Jon Hendricks, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Whitaker, Ira Sullivan, Marcus Belgrave, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell, Chris Standring and The Four Freshman. In demand as both a pianist and organist, he is a regular member of The Paul Keller Orchestra and Randy Napoleon Sextet. A respected composer/arranger, his work has been performed by The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan (Flint) Jazz Ensemble, Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra and The Planet D Nonet.