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The Intrada Brass Story

Former Music Director Bram Gregson performs with Al Kay

A Canadian British style Brass Band

Intrada Brass performs primarily as an authentic British-style brass band playing a wide repertoire and with the goal of encouraging the composition and arranging of music for brass and percussion by Canadians. Canadian music comprises an important part of the band’s very large repertoire, and the policy of commissioning new music from Canadian composers in on-going.

Seven Recordings in worldwide circulation

Intrada Brass was formed in 1995 by London, Ontario conductor Bram Gregson and a group of like-minded brass players to make recordings, seven of which have been released and are now in worldwide circulation. They have been broadcast extensively on CBC Radio One and Two across Canada and CJRT-FM and Classical 96 FM in Toronto. They have also been aired on National Public Radio in the U.S., the BBC in the U.K., in Europe and Australia.

Public Concerts, World Class Guest Artists

In 1998 the band began presenting public concerts and has performed in venues ranging from the Glenn Gould Studio in the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and local churches. They have also appeared at the McMaster-Yamaha Low Brass Symposium in Hamilton as well as performances at The Great Canadian Town Band Festival and in Barrie, Brantford, Peterborough, London, Mississauga and North York. Intrada Brass has also performed with several of Toronto’s leading choral groups.

The band has played with such artists as pianist Leslie De'Ath, soprano Sharla Nafziger, trumpeter Johnny Cowell, jazz trombonist Alastair Kay of Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, Kevin Turcotte, Philip Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, Canadian trombone virtuoso, Alain Trudel, tuba virtuoso John Griffith, Pierre Beaudry, principal bass trombone of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Ronald Romm, formerly of The Canadian Brass and Karen Donnelly, principal trumpet of The National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). The band has also performed with principal players from the United State Marine Band (‘The President’s Own’) of Washington, D.C., soprano Marian Sjolander, organists John Laing, Jurgen Peterenko and William Maddox, as well as several distinguished British soloists.

The band is a member of Oakville Arts Council and has been privileged to receive financial support from the Town of Oakville, Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation.