True North Brass burst on to the scene in 1997, and has since solidified its reputation as one of the world’s finest brass ensembles. With a roster of some of Canada’s finest brass instrumentalists, True North's membership includes two outstanding composer / arrangers who create the ensemble's fresh and unique programming. Proudly Canadian in focus and expression with a truly international outlook, True North Brass has been welcomed not only in Canada but in China and throughout North America.  True North Brass has released four critically acclaimed recordings, been featured on CBC Television’s Opening Night program, is heard frequently on public and private radio and collaborated on other recording projects with such artists as the Elmer Iseler Singers, Rick Fox, Lori Cullen, Eleanor Daley and St. Michael’s Choir School.  True North Brass was featured at the International Brass Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2000. They accompanied Prime Minister Chretien's 1998 trade mission to China, performing recitals in Beijing and Wuhan and directing masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory. The quintet has also performed masterclasses and recitals at the Boston and New England Conservatories and toured British Columbia, Ontario, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, New Hampshire, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama, and Florida. True North Brass has appeared at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival on four occasions. Recent performances of the quintet include concerts in Pittsburg Pennsylvania, Boise Idaho, the Festival of the Sound, the Westben Summer Music Festival, The Barrie Colours of Music Festival, The International Trumpet Guild’s 2008 conference, West Liberty West Virginia, Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, Roy Thomson Hall with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, The Toronto Centre for the Arts with the Amadeus Choir, and the International Women’s Brass Conference, Toronto 2010. True North Brass was Ensemble in Residence at the University Of Western Ontario’s Don Wright Faculty of Music for the 2008/2009 academic year.   Performances in 2011/2012 include Music by the Sea in Bamfield BC, The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Kelowna Community Concerts, Mass Brass at Koerner Hall, St. Simons Island Georgia, Messiah College in Grantham Pennsylvania and Muskoka Concert Association. True North Brass also appears with the Toronto Children’s Chorus at their annual Roy Thomson Hall Christmas Concert.

 For the 11/12 academic year, True North is an Ensemble in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier Faculty of Music

The ensemble’s most recent recording project is a transcription of Pictures at an Exhibition for brass quintet and organ by J. Scott Irvine.  The members of True North Brass are Yamaha Artists associated with Yamaha Music Canada.


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True North’s Managing Director, RAYMOND TIZZARD, is a founding member of True North Brass and for the past 30 years has been active in Canada’s classical music scene as a trumpet player and arts administrator. In addition to his duties with True North Brass, Ray is the Executive Director of The Hannaford Street Silver Band, Canada’s professional brass band, and is the Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager for the National Ballet of Canada.

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“Beginning To See The Light”

St. Simons Presbyterian Church

St. Simons Island GA

Tuesday January 24th, 2012, 7:30 PM


Ceremonial Fanfare                                                               J. Scott Irvine


Don't Get Around Much Anymore                                          Duke Ellington, arr.Kay 


La Rose Nuptiale                                                                     Calixa Lavalle, arr: Cable


Czardas                                                                                   Vittorio Monti, arr. Kay

Alastair Kay, Trombone Soloist


Aria from the Goldberg Variations                                        Bach    arr. J.S. Irvine


Trois Hommages                                                                     James McGrath

            1. Chorale

            2. Danse Macabre

            3.  Gigue


 Canadian Folk Song Suite                                                     Morley Calvert , arr. Marlatt 

 1. Marianne s'en va-t-au Moulin               

2. She's Like the Swallow

3. J'entends le Moulin 


Three Traditional Folk Songs                                                 Trad; arr; Irvine and Kay

1.      Purple Bamboo Melody

2.      Red River Valley

3.      Londonderry Air


I’m Beginning to see the Light                                                Duke Ellington, arr: Kay




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Trumpeter BARTON WOOMERT has been the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and trumpet instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music since 1982.A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he received his music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduation, he traveled to South America where he played Principal Trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela (National Orchestra of Venezuela) and in the Metropolitan Opera of Caracas. He also served as soloist for four years with the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” in Washington, D.C., and performed regularly at White House functions. Before moving to Toronto, he held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He also teaches in the summer at various music camps in Pennsylvania and a the Interprovincial Music Camp on Lake Manitouwabing in Ontario. Bart is the Brass Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Trumpeter RICHARD SANDALS was born and raised in Guelph Ontario and holds degrees in Trumpet Performance from the University of Western Ontario and Indiana University. Since 2001, he has been principal trumpet of the National Ballet Orchestra. He is also co-principal cornet of the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and has been a frequent soloist with the band. Richard has performed extensively in and around Toronto with ensembles including the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.


CHRISTINE PASSMORE (horn) performs regularly with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. She was featured in the 2009 production of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George (Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake) and is currently playing My Fair Lady at The Shaw. Christine also performed in the Toronto productions of The Lord of the Rings, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Sound of Music. On natural horn she has been heard with groups including L’Orchestra Classica di Santa Croce, Batignano, Tuscany, Italy, the Philadelphia Classical Orchestra, the Chicago Opera Theater, the Smithsonian Chamber Players (Baltimore, MD), and the Aradia Ensemble (Toronto, ON). Christine holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and Indiana University.


ALASTAIR KAY,    Head of Brass at Humber College is busy as a clinician, arranger, composer, and a virtuosic jazz and classical Trombone soloist.  He has performed with leading artists and entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Rob McConnell, Diana Krall, Tony Bennet, and Andrea Bocelli. Al performs regularly around Toronto with the bands of John MacLeod, Roberto Occhipinti, and Hilario Duran, and has played for most of the musicals in Toronto for the past 30 years. His association with Yamaha has led him to Japan helping design a trombone, and performing with the Xeno Trombone Quartet.


SASHA JOHNSON, began his musical training at age 16, studying brass chamber music and tuba with Sam Pilafian at the Empire Brass Seminar of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In 1997 Sasha became the first Canadian tuba player to be accepted into the Von Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. This program trains a small number of young professionals in the sound, style, traditions and standard of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Having begun his professional career in Berlin, Sasha went on to perform with many other European orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, the Berlin State Opera, the Radio Orchestra Berlin, the Orchestre Symphonique de Radio France, The Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Modern and the Orchestre Nationale de Bordeaux. He currently lives in Montreal and performs there regularly with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. He is the instructor of tuba at the Glenn Gould School and an instructor of low brass and chamber music at McGill University. In January 2009, Sasha was appointed principal tuba of the National Ballet of Canada OrchestrA.


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