The inaugural Great Canadian Brass Band Festival a resounding success!

The first annual GCBBF held May 12th and 13th, 2023, brought together brass band enthusiasts, musicians and industry professionals for a brass band-focused weekend held in the vibrant cultural corridor of the city of Toronto, at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. The GCBBF, with the support of sponsors such as NABBA, joined together brass musicians for two days of musical celebration. Featuring a solo and ensemble competition, a reading session led by guest conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner, entertaining performances by eight participating bands, and a stunning grand finale, the festival left a lasting impression on all attendees.

The festival kicked off on Friday with a well-attended solo and ensemble competition showcasing the incredible talent of brass musicians from across Ontario with a large representation of youth competitors. Guest Adjudicators: Aaron Campbell and Raquel Samayoa.

Following the competition, participants and spectators gathered for a reading session led by guest conductor, Cynthia Johnston Turner. With her wealth of experience and expertise, Turner guided the musicians through Tom Davoren’s Facets of the Heart and Marcus Venables’ newly commissioned work for GCBBF, Titans, offering valuable insights and techniques along the way.

Titans (Marcus Venables)

Solo and Ensemble Results 2023

Slow melody:
1) Jayung Kim
2) Elias Doyle
3) Rita Arendz
1) Ann-Merrie Leung
2) Charlotte Alexander
3) Kevin Hayward Jr.
Small Ensemble:
WSB Tuba 4tet

GCBBF Band Awards 2023

Best Performance of a March: Weston Silver Band
Best Cornet Section: Weston Silver Band
Best Flugelhorn Cornet Section: Weston Silver Band
Best Euphonium Baritone Section: Weston Silver Band
Best Trombone Section: Mississauga Temple Band
Best Bass Section: Mississauga Temple Band
Best Percussion Section: Weston Silver Band
Adjudicators Aaron Campbell and Raquel Samayoa explore GCBBF downtown Toronto sites
Reading Session with GCBBF Guest Conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner
Post Reading Session Pub Night at the Duke of York!

Saturday, May 13th: Breathing Clinic and Spectacular Performances:

Saturday morning began with a breathing clinic led by Dr. David Pell. Guest Adjudicators Aaron Campbell, Kevin Norbury and Raquel Samayoa heard 30-minute Showcase performances from eight brass bands from Toronto and the surrounding regions, including:  Intrada Brass, Hannaford Youth Band, Mississauga Temple Band, Upper Canada Brass, Whitby Brass Band, Solidarity Brass, Metropolitan Silver Band and Weston Silver Band. Bands had the option of entering a March into the Best March Competition.

Grand Finale: Gala Performance of Hannaford Street Silver Band:

The much-anticipated grand finale of the GCBBF was the Saturday evening Gala performance featuring the world-renowned Hannaford Street Silver Band, conducted by Cynthia Johnston Turner and guest soloist, euphonium virtuoso Gary Curtin.



Our thanks to our GCBBF 2023 Sponsors

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