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WWS Appoints Andrew Chung as Music Director

Andrew Chung
WWS Music Director Andrew Chung

The Wellington Wind Symphony Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Chung as our new music director.

Andrew’s appointment comes after a year-long search. During our 2018-19 season we had the privilege of working with three excellent finalists, and we thank Pratik...   read more

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Music Director Search

The Wellington Wind Symphony is undertaking a search for a new music director.

Are you an exceptional musician and conductor with outstanding qualifications and leadership skills?

Are you able to lead and collaborate with musicians to foster musicianship and increase a group’s level of artistic excellence?

Do you see yourself as a passionate and...   read more

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Thank You, Dan Warren

Daniel WarrenIt is with regret that the Wellington Wind Symphony announces our Music Director Daniel Warren’s resignation from this position, effective at the end of the current season.

Daniel Warren is a highly sought-after conductor, arranger and trumpet soloist, and has conducted many of Canada’s leading orchestras. He is well-known in Kitchener-Waterloo as a member of the KW Symphony and the conductor of musical ensembles in the region. Dan leaves the WWS in order to pursue new musical opportunities.

In my ten-year tenure with the Wellington Winds I have come to love and appreciate this wonderful group of musicians. I will always remember fondly the exquisite music-making, dedication and friendship of the members

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Featuring Slide by Slide

Slide by Slide

Slide by Slide (L-R): Susan Follows, Dave Davidson, John Monkhouse, Bob Phillips.

The first pair of concerts of our 2015-16 season features the Slide by Slide trombone quartet, performing Jan Koetsier’s Concerto for Four Trombones and Wind Orchestra.

The Trombone Concertino was originally written for string orchestra and trombone quartet. It recently was transcribed for wind band, which is a perfect for the Wellington Wind Symphony. We speculate that this could possibly be a Canadian premiere! Certainly Koetsier writes very well for brass, and his music is familiar repertoire for Slide by Slide. In their recent tour of Germany, they performed his Max and Moritz and The Town Bremen Musicians, with narration from Ted Follows, also a familiar name to WWS concert-goers!

About Slide by Slide

Slide by Slide trombone quartet was formed in 2003. John Monkhouse, Dave Davidson and Bob Phillips play tenor trombone and Susan Follows plays bass trombone. All of the players are Western alumni and have known each other for many years. John runs a  spring manufacturing business in Guelph and Dave, Bob and Susan are retired music educators.

Slide by Slide, Bonn

Slide by Slide (with L. van Beethoven) in Bonn, Germany.

In 2008 the quartet recorded  their  first  CD called “Between Friends”.  They  completed  their  third successful  concert tour  in Germany  last summer, where they  enjoy performing  eclectic  programs  of traditional trombone works and arrangements of standard jazz tunes.

The quartet is the trombone section of Brassroots, the ten-piece brass group from London. They are all very active in many  other music groups in the region. Some of the  places where you may see the players appear individually are the  Wellington Wind Symphony, an Oktoberfest band, the Kitchener Musical Society Band, Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Guelph Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Canadian Artillery Band and the  48th Highlanders.

Hoping to see you at the concert!

This promises to be an exciting performance, and we are hoping to see you there. Here is some more information about our first pair of concerts for this season.

On the Road Again!

Daniel Warren, Conductor, Keith Hagerman, Baritone, and Slide by Slide, Trombone Quartet. Travel with the Winds! Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Reed’s El Camino Real, and Samuel’s Hazo Ride. Our own Keith Hagerman will perform Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer. Slide by Slide will perform Koetsier’s Concerto for Four Trombones and Wind Orchestra.

Sunday October 18, 2015, 3 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo

Sunday November 1, 2015, 3 pm, Grandview Baptist Church, Kitchener

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Grand Finale for a Great Season

Our concerts on April 19 or April 26 mark the grand finale to this very successful season. Concerto for Wind Ensemble features the capabilities of the whole group, and promises to be an exciting and entertaining program. Please do join us!

Concerto for Wind Ensemble

Sunday April 19, 3 pm, at Grandview Baptist Church, Kitchener

Sunday April 26, 3 pm, at Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo

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Mark Dubois, Lyric Tenor

Dubois_Img8We are very pleased to welcome Mark Dubois, internationally renowned lyric tenor, as our soloist on November 23. Mr. Dubois will be performing selections by Donizetti, Lalo, Strauss, and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Mark Dubois has performed with major orchestras across Canada and the United States. He has performed on opera and concert stages of Europe and beyond, and has performed for the late Pope John Paul II, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Mark Dubois has been heard many times on CBC Radio, and their artist’s page about him includes a great selection of audio clips You can also learn more about Mark Dubois on his website.

The rest of the November 23 program promises to be equally as stimulating. Our theme for this program is “To the Sea”, and includes Nixon’s Fiesta del Pacifico, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and Berlioz’s Le Corsair Overture. We will be reprising our performance of Gassi’s Tsunami, which you can hear us play on our YouTube channel.

Find more information about this concert.

 

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German Music for October

Our first set of concerts, themed Konzert der Deutschen Musik, are coming up! We will be performing on Sunday October 19 at Grandview Baptist Church in Kitchener, and Sunday October 26 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Both concerts begin at 3 p.m..

When asked about the German theme to our concert, music director Dan Warren reflected,

“Of all cultures, the Germans have one of the richest in regard to art, literature, architecture and music. Our concert encompasses the music of the romantic and post romantic masters of

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Patrick Godfrey a YouTube Sensation

Wellington Winds member and Wilfrid Laurier University music student Patrick Godfrey is making a sensation on YouTube, with his cover of the 2003 hip-hop hit Hey Ya! by OutKast – on French horn!

Patrick posted the video last Thursday, and five days later it has received over 120,000 hits and has been covered by the mainstream media, including CBC News Network’s morning show today, and this story on the CBC Kitchener-Waterloo webpage.

What a great horn section we have in the Wellington Winds! Congrats, Patrick, on this wonderful performance and your media success!

Follow Patrick on Twitter and on Instagram.

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New Wellington Winds website launched

wellington-winds_new-website_sept2014We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Wellington Winds website at www.wellingtonwindsymphony.ca.  Using WordPress technology, the new site offers many new features and capabilities. New features include an enhanced Concert Calendar, Blog, more photos, music clips and a much easier-to-navigate interface.  We also went with a more modern look that is easier to read and share.  Make note of our social media links to our Facebook Page and YouTube channel.  We also invite you to visit our concert program archives, to find out the Winds repertoire and past concerts.

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Danielle Beck Featured in the WR Record

Danielle Beck

The Winds’ principal saxophone player, Danielle Beck.

Wellington Winds principal saxophone player Danielle Beck is the subject of a feature story in today’s Waterloo Region Record. The feature tells the story of Danielle’s success as a business owner, and her life as a professional musician.

Danielle has been a member of the Wellington Winds since graduating from Wilfrid Laurier’s music performance program, and currently serves on our board of directors.

Read the story!  WR Record (September 24, 2014): Music school hitting all the right notes

Learn more about Beck Music!

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