True North Brass burst onto the scene in 1997, and has since solidified its reputation as one of the world’s finest brass ensembles. TNB’s membership includes two outstanding composer/arrangers who create the ensemble’s fresh and unique programming. Proudly Canadian in focus and expression with a truly international outlook, True North Brass has been welcomed not only in Canada, but in China and throughout North America
True North Brass has released four critically acclaimed CD recordings, been featured on CBC Television’s Opening Night program, is heard frequently on CBC Radio, and has collaborated on other recording projects with the Elmer Iseler Singers, Rick Fox and Lori Cullen.
True North Brass was featured at the International Brass Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2000, and performed at the 2008 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Banff, Alberta. They accompanied Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s 1998 trade mission to China, performing recitals in Beijing and Wuhan and directing masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory.
The quintet has also performed masterclasses and recitals at the Boston and New England Conservatories and toured British Columbia, Ontario, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, New Hampshire, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama, Florida and West Virginia. True North Brass has appeared at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival on three occasions, most recently in 2008. Recent performances of the quintet include concerts in Birmingham, Michigan, West Liberty, West Virginia, at the Westben Summer Music Festival, and at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. In 2008-09, True North Brass were Artists in Residence at the University of Western Ontario, and in the summer of 2009 they were in residence at Music by the Sea in Bamfield, British Columbia.
The members of True North Brass are Yamaha Artists associated with Yamaha Music Canada.