We are Hogtown brass
Hogtown Brass is a chamber ensemble comprised of accomplished and diverse musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds. Known for their unique arrangements and new compositions, collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists, along with an affinity for both standard and non-traditional performance spaces, Hogtown Brass is on a mission to reinvigorate the classic brass ensemble.
Hogtown Brass is committed to presenting unique concert experiences, as well as entertaining and informative educational programs. Equally dedicated to performance and education, they are experienced in presenting music to people of all ages in a variety of settings including workshops, masterclasses, and residencies.
Being strong advocates for the creation of new Canadian repertoire, Hogtown Brass has commissioned and recorded several new works from composers such as Kevin Lau, Cait Nishimura, and Samuel Bisson. Some of these have been made possible with generous support from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR, and the Canadian Music Centre.
Trumpet / Tristan Tye
Trumpet / Dan Howells
Horn / Jay Austin
Trombone / Paul Tarussov
Tuba / Ian Feenstra
As passionate believers in the value of a strong arts education, sharing our music and experiences with students of all ages and backgrounds is a top priority for us. We offer a variety of options for educational performances and workshops. Whether you would like a short recital, masterclass, or collaboration with your high school band, Hogtown Brass Quintet will work with you to design a customized experience for your community.
We present engaging recitals at school assemblies, in band rooms, camps, and other venues. These programs are designed to include aspects of the local music curriculum including the building blocks of music, music history, and Canadian-focused repertoire. At the K-8 level, we focus more on basics like rhythm, melody, dynamics, and pitch. We also briefly touch on the physics of sound and how it relates to instrument families and music. At the high school level we present programmes focusing on history, styles, and genres. Students are encouraged to engage and interact through exercises such as clapping patterns and actively identifying melodic material.
Our main education show “NO FUN ALLOWED!” is designed to break down preconceived notions of how we should attend and participate in musical performances, particularly within the culture of stuffy Classical concerts. We encourage students to applaud when they feel like it, to clap along with jazz and Latin tunes, and to be engaged, rather than passive, listeners. This show is designed to be applicable for all ages and levels of education, from K-12 and beyond.