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True North Brass brings its uniquely Canadian music to Laurier

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Feb 4/05| For Immediate Release


Anita McAlister
Trumpet Professor, Faculty of Music
(905) 847-7682


Sunil Kuruvilla
Marketing & Recruiting Co-ordinator, Faculty of Music
(519) 884-0710 ext. 2492

WATERLOO – Area music lovers will have a rare opportunity to hear some of this country’s best brass performers when Wilfrid Laurier University hosts a concert by a truly Canadian brass quintet. The True North Brass will perform at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 14 in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall.

Proudly Canadian in focus and expression, the True North Brass has earned a reputation around the world. Its membership includes two outstanding composers/arrangers who create the ensemble’s fresh and unique programming. The ensemble has released three CDs and its music is frequently heard on CBC radio.

“We are very fortunate to have such a talented and busy ensemble perform at Laurier,” said Anita McAlister, a professor of trumpet at Wilfrid Laurier University. “The True North Brass is graciously donating a portion of its performance fee to a scholarship for incoming brass students and will deliver an open masterclass for Laurier students, faculty and members of the public.”

The ensemble will be joined by Curtis Metcalfe, artist director of the Hannaford Street Silver Band and one of North America’s premier euphonium players. It has also invited McAlister and Joseph Castello, who teaches trombone at Laurier, to perform as part of the concert.

True North Brass is made up of five professional musicians and composers. They are:

Barton Woomert is the associate principal trumpet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Ray Tizzard, trumpet, is co-founder and artistic director of the Hannaford Street Silver Band. He is also a member of the National Ballet of Canada and The Canadian Opera Company orchestras.
Joan Watson is the principal horn of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, as well as an active soloist and clinician.
Scott Irvine plays tuba with The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He is also a versatile composer who has written a number of works for True North Brass.
Al Kay is considered to be one of North America’s finest jazz trombone players and is head of brass at Humber College.

The Valentine’s Day concert is open to the public. General admission tickets are $20 and students pay only $5. The concert is supported by the faculty of music, its academic development fund, Yamaha Music and Waterloo Music.

Members of the public who want more information or who want to purchase tickets should contact Nancy Peltier at (519) 884-0710 ext. 2631 or


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