I had the great pleasure of performing with the Weston Silver Band at the North American Brass Band Association championships March 10 and 11 2017 in Fort Wayne Indiana. We worked very hard in preparation for this event and were fortunate enough to place first in the First Division. Very exciting!
The Weston Silver Band was in attendance at Camp Wehanowin near Orillia this weekend to work on repertoire for our upcoming season. The band is sounding great and this season promises to be amazing! I hope that you will join us for our concerts this season!
on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 8 p.m., Brassackwards will be performing our third annual Christmas Concert at The Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street in Toronto. It should be a great concert. Brassackwards is an eight piece brass group (four trumpets, three trombones and tuba) with some very talented musicians and great arrangements. It’s a great band to play tuba in with some very exciting charts. Please click here to go to our Facebook events page . I hope to see you there!
I am looking forward to performing once again with The Dixie Demons at the KW Dixieland Club located at the Legion Hall in beautiful downtown Waterloo Ontario Saturday April 18 from 2p.m. to 5 p.m. I hope to see you there!
This Monday, Dec 15, 2014, BrassAckwards will be performing at 3030 Dundas West in Toronto. We will be playing some really great arrangements and compositions including Instant Christmas by Brad Harrison. Please check out this video from last year’s concert and come and hear us if you can!
Last evening, (Dec 1, 2014) I had the great pleasure of performing with the Neufeld Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra at The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar in Toronto. NOJO is a 16 piece ensemble that performs original charts composed by co-leaders Paul Neufeld and Michael Occhipinti.
Last night we performed all the charts from the band’s JUNO nominated album entitled You are Here. Many of the original musicians were on hand for the gig and the charts sound as fresh today as when we first performed them over a decade ago. The original CD features Don Byron as guest artist and is well worth a listen.
I had a great time performing yesterday (April 13, 2014) with the Dixie Demons in Barrie at Sticky Fingers restaurant for the Simcoe County Jazz Society. The band was cooking as it always does. the video clip below was shot with my iPad sitting on a music stand which was unceremoniously moved by a customer during the recording as you will see. The band members are co leaders Ross Wooldridge on clarinet and Dan Douglas on trombone plus Steve Crowe on trumpet, Phil Disera on banjo, John Collin on drums and Doug Burrell (yours truly) on tuba.
Patrick Sheridan was in Toronto last weekend to perform with the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He played in two school concerts on Friday, adjudicated a solo competition for young musicians on Friday night, gave a masterclass on Saturday morning and performed once more with the Hannaford Band on Sunday afternoon. I was fortunate enough to be at the Friday evening concert, the Saturday morning master class and the Sunday afternoon concert.
At the master class Patrick spoke at length about “The Breathing Gym”, his approach to proper breathing technique for brass players and, despite the early hour, had us all up out of our seats and enthusiastically learning to relax and breathe properly.
At the Sunday afternoon concert I was totally in awe of Patrick’s astounding technique and musicianship but the thing that really impressed me was his ability to engage the audience with some very funny stories and his willingness to hang out in the lobby and chat with folks during the intermission before heading back on stage to wow once once again.
Thanks to Hannaford for once again bringing a brass musician of the highest calibre to Toronto and for supporting brass music so well.