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Graziano Brescacin

Graz Brescacin

Graz Brescacin completed a B.Mus (honours) degree in performance at the University of Ottawa and later continued his studies at Humber College. He has been a freelance woodwind specialist since 1970 playing in various theatres in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and for the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

He has played in orchestras backing star performers including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Rich Little, Jack Jones, Shirley MacLaine, Petula Clark, and others.

Captain Brescacin retired from the Canadian Forces in 2014 having completed a 42-year career as a military musician playing flute, clarinet, and saxophone and for the last 19 years was the Director of Music for the 7th Toronto Regiment Artillery Band. From 2004 to 2014 he was also the Staff Officer of Army Bands for the Ontario Area. He has taught conducting, flute, and clarinet classes at Canadian Forces Base Borden.

In civilian life, Graz Brescacin taught band, strings, choir, and keyboard classes for the Toronto Catholic District School Board from 1981 to 2005. From 2005 to 2015 he was the school board’s Instrumental Music Resource Teacher where he was responsible for all instrumental music programs in the 200 Elementary and Secondary schools and coordinated many special music projects. He has been the Pit Orchestra Conductor for the TCDSB Staff Arts Musical Productions since 2010.

Graz continues to be in demand as a guest conductor, performer, clinician, and adjudicator. Graz began with us in 2016 and we look forward to many years under his tutelage.

 

 

 

 

Denny Ringler

 

 

 

 

Denny Ringler was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, where he attended Streetsville High School.  Upon graduation, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces (regular) as a trombonist.  He studied trombone with Harry Stevenson, Jerry Kuhl and Ted Griffith.  While in the regular forces, Denny was able to complete his Bachelor of Music at McGill University with his major concentration in education, trombone and conducting.  He completed his Bachelor and Master of Education degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also conducted the concert band and university jazz  ensemble.  Returning to Toronto in 1980, he worked for the North York Board of Education prior to taking the position of Director of Music at Toronto's prestigious Crescent School for Boys from which he retired in 2003.  In 1982, he rejoined the Canadian Armed Forces (reserve) where he conducted the 411th Squadron Band at Downsview and in 1987 was appointed Director of Music for the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada.  Denny was the director of the Oakville Concert Band for eight years, was the past president of the Canadian Band Association (Ontario), and is presently also the musical director of the Mississauga Pops Concert Band and the 48th Highlanders of Canada.

Denny began with our Band in 2002. We are indeed fortunate to have a music director with such expertise and teaching skills.  We look forward to many years of continued progress under his baton.

 

 

 

Bobby Herriot

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Bobby started his musical career with the Newtongrange Silver Band, the Dalkeith Burgh Band and the City of Edinburgh Band. He received his formal musical education at The Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall), Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music and served in the Regimental Bands of The Royal Dragoons and Royal Horse Guards. In 1957, Bobby joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served in Edmonton’s Tactical Air Command Band and in Ottawa’s RCAF Central Band. In 1960 he was transferred to the NORAD Band in Colorado Springs.

After leaving the Forces in 1966, Bobby performed in Vancouver as a freelance musician and lectured at UBC’s School of Music. Always in demand as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician, music arranger and renowned trumpet soloist, Bobby continued his successful musical career throughout Canada and the U.S. Moving to Toronto in the early 1970's, Bobby performed with Howard Cable, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Dave Woods and many other well known Canadian bandleaders. He led his own popular dance band and became Director of Music for the 7th Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Bobby retired from the Canadian Forces in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

Bobby is the past President of the Toronto Musicians’ Association and conductor of the Greater Toronto Area Teachers Wind Ensemble. He serves as an advisor to Canadian performing arts agencies and is the recipient of many national and international music awards, including the Canadian Band Association National Band Award, recognizing his significant contributions to music, music education and the business of music.

Bobby was with the Band from 1998 to 2002 and we are very honoured to have enjoyed the expertise and humour of this fine musician and conductor. We look forward to our continued association with him as arranger, composer, guest conductor and performer.

This portrait was done by one of our Band members, Syd Press.  

 

 

 

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