Ronald William Collier, composer (b at Coleman, Alta 3 July 1930, d at Toronto 22 Oct 2003).
Ronald William Collier
Ronald William Collier, composer (b at Coleman, Alta 3 July 1930, d at Toronto 22 Oct 2003). An important participant as composer and trombonist in the Canadian third-stream movement of the 1950s, spearheaded by his teacher Gordon Delamont in Toronto, Ron Collier subsequently wrote for radio, TV and film. His major compositions included The City (1960), Hear Me Talkin' To Ya (1964), Carneval (1969) and Humber Suite (1973). His Aurora Borealis and Silent Night, Lonely Night were recorded in 1967 by Duke Ellington with a Toronto orchestra under Collier's direction; writing collaborations between Collier and Ellington followed, including The River (1970), recorded by Elllington with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Ron Collier taught from 1974 to 1994 at Humber College, in Toronto, and composed or arranged music in this period for stageband and for Rob MCCONNELL'S Boss Brass. He completed a major orchestration of Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite in 1997.
Ron Collier was posthumously appointed an Officer of the ORDER OF CANADA in 2003.