(2007 - 2011) Concert Winds / Symphonic Winds
Conductors - Dan Horner, Sommer Butuu.
Performances: Toronto Youth Concert Winds, Toronto Youth Symphonic Winds
Grace Church on the Hill - Featuring Markham High School Chamber Choir.
Toronto Centre for the Arts (Main Stage) - Dancers and Drummers Circle: Adwoa Badoe - Jiwani African Druming Troupe. Swansea School of Dance.
Glen Gould Studio CBC building - Kathleen McLean: Bassoon Soloist.
Toronto Centre for the Arts (George Weston Recital Hall) - Sam Hazo (Conductor), Bayview Concert Choir. Canadian Premiere: Go!
Glen Gould Studio CBC building - Live broadcast on Radio
Le Parc Banquet Centre - Heather Bambrick: guest singer. David Atkinson: Pianist.
Toronto Centre for the Arts (G.W.R.H.) - Great Canadian Brass: Chuck Dallenbach, Gene Watts. Bramwell Tovey Canadian Premiere: Manhattan Music
York Region Provincial Enrichment Band - 2007 Salvation Army Jacksons Point: Dr. Jeff Reynolds
Ontario Provincial Honour Band - 2010 Dr. Colleen Richardson
Ontario Band Association - Concert Band Festival Markham, 2010 (Gold) * Principal Clarinet
Orillia Today Stage - Beatles Celebration: *Solo Saxophonist tribute
Toronto Centre for the Arts - Frank Ticheli (Guest Conductor) Canadian Premiere: Amen!, West Elgin Senior Band
Toronto Centre for the Arts - Jens Lindemann (Guest Performer)
Summary: Concert Winds
I joined TYWO when I was 13 years old. During my first year as a clarinetist in TYWO's Concert Winds , I performed at Toronto's Grace Church on the Hill with the Markham District High School. When I performed at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, I drummed with the Dancers and Drummers Circle. This was led by Adwoa Badoe - who is an Award winning cultural artist and director of Jiwani African Drumming Troupe of Guelph. The event also hosted dancers from Jay 9 and Swansea School of Dance.
Summary: Symphonic Winds
My next performances with TYWO would happen during my second year, but with the TYWO "Symphonic Winds". We performed at the Glen Gould Studio, featuring Kathleen Mc Clean. This began my musical relationship with the Symphonic Winds for the next three years with conductor Dan Horner. Next, I performed at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, showcasing works of Sam Hazo. Sam Hazo was invited to conduct the Symphonic Winds with a Canadian premiere of his work: Go! , along with his pieces Sevens and Today is the Gift, featuring the Bayview Concert Choir.
TYWO then hosted a concert at Le Parc Banquet Centre in Thornhill. Our show featured Heather Bambrick - winner of 2004 National Jazz Award for vocalist of the year. For a third time at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, I had to the privilege to perform with the Great Canadian Brass. The group at the time featured its two original creators (Gene Watts and Chuck Dallenbach), who began the group in 1970. During the performance we premiered Manhattan Music by Bramwell Tovey.
My next performance with Symphonic Winds, was conducted by composer Frank Ticheli. He is a professor of composition at Southern Thornton School of Music and now teaches at UCLA. His music has been played by the Atlanta, Detroit and Dallas Symphonies. He has guest conducted his music at renowned Carnegie Hall, NY, London and Japan. We had the privilege during this concert to perform a Canadian premiere of Ticheli's work (Amen!) with the West Elgin Senior Band.
On a return visit to Toronto Centre for the Arts, we performed with our guest, Jens Lindemann. He has had an astounding career as a trumpeter, and performed with Michael Buble at the Vancouver Olympic closing ceremonies. He has won Grammys and Juno Nominations and has played a solo command performance for the Queen of England. On a personal note: during the solo trumpet performance of Carnival in Venice, he pulled his mouthpiece out of his trumpet and played more technically than I could play on clarinet! (at the time) Its no wonder he is endorsed by the Yamaha Corporation.