Canadian Brass

The Canadian Brass quintet was formed in 1970 as the Canadian Brass Ensemble, consisting of Stuart Laughton and William Phillips, trumpets, Graeme Page, French horn, Eugene Watts, trombone, and Charles Daellenbach, tuba. In 1971 the group became Canadian Brass and Ronald Romm replaced Laughton. The following year Fred Mills replaced Phillips. The ensemble then remained unchanged until 1983, when Martin Hackleman replaced Page. In 1986 Hackleman left and was replaced by David Ohanian and in 1996 Fred Mills was replaced by Jens Lindemann.

Initially members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the group also became artists-in-residence at the BANFF CENTRE. Their first European tour, in 1972 with the Festival Singers, was assisted by the Canadian government and quickly led to a highly successful international career which has included performances at the Paris Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the Kennedy Center and tours of China, England, Europe, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the USSR and many international radio and TV appearances. As well as being superb musicians, the members of the quintet have established reputations for on-stage hilarity.

The Canadian Brass has performed with Canada's major symphony orchestras, and has unearthed several little-known works by major composers. Many Canadian composers have been commissioned and premiered by Canadian Brass. The group's long list of recordings is a clear indication of the breadth of its repertoire, versatility and skill. Canadian Brass plays on a matched set of gold-plated instruments made for it by Renold Schilke. In 1996 they presented to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto 5 pairs of their trademark white sneakers.