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“NO FUN ALLOWED!” is designed to break down the preconceived notions of how we should attend and participate in musical performances, particularly 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.

Some options include:

  • 1 hour recital
  • solo/chamber master class
  • breathing/warm up workshop
  • side by side rehearsal and performance in your school band or orchestra
  • multi-day residency involving several components
  • solo lessons

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 music curriculum including the building blocks of music, music history, and Canadian-focused repertoire.

At the K-8 level, we focus 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 (i.e. raising hands during fugues).

    My students were very impressed by the high calibre of performance and skill by the Hogtown Brass. They were still talking about the performance and the performance ideas that were presented weeks later. I am so glad that I booked this group. They were highly professional and provided a lot of inspiration for my high school band students. I highly recommend this group.
    — Marsha King, Band Teacher, Nelson High School
    “The Hogtown Brass performed a wonderful concert for my high school band students. Their performance was excellent and it was obvious they are all are extremely accomplished musicians. Their performance and obvious passion for what they are doing left my students excited about music and their own instruments. I will definitely have them back for an encore performance!”
    — Nancy Flood, Band Director, Riverdale Collegiate Institute
    Thank you for the wonderful performances prior to Saturday’s Young People’s Concerts! Your performance was both entertaining and educational at the same time, and I think it got all of our young audience members excited to listen to chamber music and symphonic music.
    — Faeron Pileggi, Manager, Education & Pops, Toronto Symphony Orchestra