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The Members

Tristan Tye

Tristan Tye is a founding member of the Hogtown Brass Quintet. He has performed with several Canadian ensembles including appearances with Orchestra London Canada, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic, Etobicoke Philharmonic, Scarborough Philharmonic, and the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa. As a member of the Guard for three summers, Tristan was selected to travel with the band to the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax as well as being chosen to perform with a fanfare team for the opening of the 41st Canadian Parliament. Tristan holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario. His past teachers include Andrew McCandless, Shawn Spicer, Guy Few, and Stanley Rosenzweig.

Coming from a diverse background in music and the arts, Tristan is a versatile performer who is always looking for new ways to keep audiences entertained and educated. From high school through his undergrad, he played lead trumpet in jazz ensembles on top of his standard Classical and contemporary training, and as a result believes in innovative concert programming that is not restricted by genre, style, or period. Tristan is a strong advocate for the value of arts education and always looks forward to performing and running clinics/master classes with HBQ for students of all levels and experience.

When not camped out in the practice room or rehearsing with HBQ, Tristan enjoys a good glass of Scotch or pint of fine beer, eating scrumptious food, and lounging on the couch with his wife Michelle, their cat Josie, and puppy Wolfgang.

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Dylan Maddix

Dylan Rook Maddix is the founder and artistic director of the Toronto Winds, host of the podcast The Band Room, and maintains an active career as a sought-after conductor, performer, clinician, and adjudicator.

As a performer Dylan is active as a freelance trumpet player and chamber musician in Toronto, ON. He is the newest member of the Hogtown Brass Quintet, Toronto Mozart Players, founding-member of the Vox Aeris Trio and past member of the award-winning Weston Silver Band. The Elysian Duo is Dylan’s latest musical endeavor, an innovative chamber duo he co-founded with classical guitarist James Renwick. The Elysian Duo is breaking new ground through diverse programming, community engagement and the commissioning of new works.

A prizewinner at the 2011 & 2014 National Music Festivals, Dylan has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Weston Silver Band, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra, Hannaford Youth Band and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. His musicality has led him to numerous festivals in Canada and the United States including the Scotia Festival of Music, Charlottetown Festival, North American Brass Band Championships, Indian River Music Festival, Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, Music Fest Canada and the Luminato Festival. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.

JASON AUSTIN

A native of Barrie, Ontario, Jason Austin earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. In 2007 upon beginning his Masters in Albuquerque, New Mexico Jason was a founding member of the Sandia Brass Quintet. Mr. Austin has recorded for the Naxos and Analekta labels in addition to performing live to air broadcasts for CBC Radio 1 during the summers of 2007 and 2008.

As an orchestral musician he has played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Opera Southwest, New Mexico Philharmonic, Kingston Symphony Orchestra and the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra. In October of 2013, Jason performed as a soloist in Mozart’s 3rd Horn Concerto with the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra as a part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Korean-Canadian diplomatic ties. 

A diverse musician, Jason has also recorded independent film scores for the Toronto International Film Festival, Underground Film Festival and performed with classical crossover artists and big bands. Jason is also active in the world of musical theatre, performing in the pits for shows such as West Side Story, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables and Bye Bye Birdie.

When not travelling across North America with his French Horn, Jason can be found cheering for his two favourite baseball teams, the Blue Jays, and whoever is playing the New York Yankees.

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Paul Tarussov

Paul Tarussov, trombonist, educator, and composer/arranger, is among a new wave of musicians seeking to bring together an exploration of original music with a sound steeped in tradition. He is highly in demand for his versatility as a freelancer in the Toronto area, playing in a variety of musical genres - theatre, world music, rock, funk, and classical. Paul is also a committed educator, leading workshops for all brass instruments, improvisation, theory, and helping musicians and ensembles of all ages and skill levels sound their best.

As a jazz musician, Paul has had the honour of performing and/or recording with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Barry Harris, Danilo Perez, Michael Feinstein, Ron Westray, Han Bennink, Valery Ponamarev, John MacLeod, Dave Young, and Christine Jensen. 

As a freelancer in the Canadian pop scene, he has performed with stars like Carlie Rae Jepsen, Johnny Reid, and Sean Jones. He toured with “Stars”, a Juno-nominated Canadian indie darling pop/rock group in 2004-2005, as well as with the legendary Canadian super-band “Lighthouse” (since 2015). During 2013-2015, he was regularly engaged as the bass trombonist for "The Canadian Tenors"/"The Tenors".

His recorded credits include horn work on singer-songwriter Jon Davis's album "Open Shores", and he is featured on Quique Escamilla’s "500 Years of Night", which received a Juno Award in 2015.

Paul has also been busy on the world music stage, accompanying legendary singers in the salsa scene (Hernan Olivera, Maelo Ruiz, Willie Gonzalez, Roberto Linares Brown), the Ethiopian scene, and the Persian scene.

During his time in New York City he studied with trombone greats Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Elliot Mason, and Vincent Gardner. Paul is a graduate of the Juilliard School and a specialist in embouchure research at the University of Toronto.

IAN FEENSTRA

At this point in Ian’s career, he has been studying and performing the tuba for longer than he has been without the tuba. After completing his BMus at the University of Toronto, Ian’s pursuit of music as an academic endeavour led him to a Master of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory, and a Master of Science in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music in London, England. 

Opportunities to perform is something that Ian thoroughly enjoys, and as a result he rarely turns away musical opportunities that afford him the chance to grow musically. He has performed as a soloist and musician with groups such as the Mississauga Symphony, the True North Brass, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and has collaborated numerous composers to premiere various works. Ian is currently also a member of the EUBA quartet and Turbo Street Funk.

If there are limitations to be found in a tuba performance, they will undoubtedly not be coming from the bell of Ian Feenstra.