Chantal Brunette - Trombone
Chantal Brunette has a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from McGill University. She has a B.Mus. degree in Performance from Université de Montréal and a Diplome d’Études Collégiales from Cégep Saint-Laurent. She studied trombone with Vivian Lee, 2nd trombone of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Albert Devito at University of McGill and Scott Hartmann at Orford Arts Center.
Chantal is an active freelance musician and private trombone teacher in the area of Montreal. She plays with different symphony orchestras such as: Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde, Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres, Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. She has been Principal trombone with the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton. She also plays alto and tenor trombone.
Chantal has taught trombone and brass chamber music at Queen’s School of Drama and Music since 2001. She is also a civil specialist instructor of low brass for Ecole de Musique des Cadets Region de l’Est where she has given private lessons to more than 60 students every summer since 2004. Chantal has taught trombone to the students in the music-concentration program at Mont-Tremblant since 1997.
Neil Spaulding - French Horn
Neil studied French horn with Scott Wilson, Wayne Jeffrey and Eugene Rittich at the University of Toronto and with Ifor James in Freiburg, Germany. Since 1990 he has been a freelance musician performing with orchestras across Canada including the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet, the Victoria Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Currently he holds the position of Second Horn with the Hamilton Philharmonic.
He enjoys both chamber and new music and has appeared with the Music Toronto Chamber Series, Continuum, Array Music and the Esprit Orchestra. He has made numerous appearances at the Festival of the Sound as a member of the Festival Winds. He has enjoyed playing with many artists, including Brian Wilson, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, the rock band "YES," Dionne Warwick and The Boss Brass.
Neil has lectured at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria and the National Youth Orchestra. He has taught at Queen's University since 1997.
Dan Tremblay - Trumpet
Dan Tremblay holds a Master of Music degree in Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Université de Montréal. He studied trumpet with Russell DeVuyst, Jean-Luc Gagnon and Guy Archambault.
Dan holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire. He is also Principal Trumpet with the Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne. Dan is an active freelance musician and private trumpet teacher in Quebec and Ontario. He plays regularly with different symphony orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and l'Orchestre Métropolitain du grand Montréal. He has been Principal trumpet with the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, and with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Alliage Brass Trio with Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. The trio performed in Maritimes provinces, Quebec and Ontario, with a show called “Mission sur la Planète Alliage”. Trio Alliages received the Ménard-Pomerleau Award in 2006.
Dan received bursaries from the Fund for Scholarly and Professional Development from Queen’s University. He used it to develop his repertoire on the piccolo trumpet, and to develop his conducting skills. He was assistant conductor of l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne in 2007.
Dan has taught trumpet at Queen’s School of Drama and Music since 2001. He is also director of the brass choir and trumpet ensemble. He holds the position of adjunct trumpet teacher, and has also coached brass chamber music groups at The Crane School of Music, State University of New-York at Potsdam since 2006.