A Touch of Brass has thrilled, entertained and educated audiences all over B.C. since the group was formed in 1978. Together, they present captivating music in a light-hearted manner. Individually, they are accomplished musicians with a variety of talents and interests. The group will perform on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Pender Harbour School of Music. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Jeremy Berkman studied at Julliard and the Oberlin Conservatory and is now principal trombone for the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. He is also on faculty at UBC and the Courtney Youth Music Centre.
Geoffrey Leader (French horn) earned first prize in the National Competitive Festival of Music in Toronto in 1977 and is now teaching at the Courtney Music Centre and the Surrey School District. He is also brass coach for the Vancouver Youth Symphony.
Tom Shorthouse, who plays trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet, is principal trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Company and teaches at Kwantlen College and Vancouver Community College. He is also an active member of the Vancouver jazz community.
A founding member of the Vancouver Tuba Quartet, David Sabourin also plays with the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. He owns his own music company and publishes many of the arrangements performed by A Touch of Brass.
Jim Littleford (trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet) studied at UBC and in California and has toured with the Royal Winnipeg and Kirov ballet companies, as well as with Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and Showboat. He is also founder and music director of the Little Mountain Brass Band.
Even with all that going on, they find time to come together as a brass quintet and travel to Pender Harbour where they will help us kick off the Christmas season in a bright and brassy manner.
Tickets are $20, available at John Henry's in Garden Bay, Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park, Talewind Books and Magic Sound in Sechelt and Coast Books in Gibsons. For more information, call 604-883-2403.