A Touch of Brass has thrilled, entertained and educated audiences since its formation in 1978. Expert in virtually every style of music A Touch of Brass is in demand all over BC for both recitals and educational clinics. Individually, the members of the group have equally distinguished careers both as performers and as teachers.
Four members of A Touch of Brass perform with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and French Horn player Ben Kinsman is a full time member of the VSO. As freelance musicians, the members of A Touch of Brass have played with the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver New Music, Music in the Morning as well as many of Vancouver’s fine Jazz Ensembles. They have also performed extensively on TV, radio and CD and on soundtracks for movies. Members of the group are active educators and are on faculty at the University of BC, Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Community College.
The quintet has two CDs available: Stolen Moments and their latest recording for Christmas 2008 December.
December showcases the writing talents of British Columbia's westcoast music scene. The CD includes fresh arrangements of Christmas classics by Canadian composers and arrangers Fred Stride, Bob Buckley, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Tommy Banks, Tom Shorthouse and the late Dave Robbins. Featured is a new work "December" composed by Bob Buckley for Touch of Brass and the Elektra Women's Choir.
Stolen Moments is a compilation of great music, with new arrangements by members Tom Shorthouse, Geoff Leader, David Sabourin and local jazz writer Alan Matheson. Selections include Gershwin in Concert, Candide Overture, Stolen Moments, Basin Street Blues, Canadian Folk Song Rhapsody, Shepherd's Song, Duke Ellington Suite, Desifinado, Girl from Impanema and more.
Both CDs are available by calling Tapestry Music (604) 538-0906 or toll-free (USA/Canada) 1-888-347-7480.