2016 Course

The 2016 course was held at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) from Aug 3-7, 2016. The year, we welcomed Dr Joe Parisi as guest conductor and Daniel Tones as our Percussion Clinician. We also welcomed back the Co-principal trombone of London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Moore as our guest soloist.

Along with the usual mix of rehearsals, recitals, masterclasses, mini-lectures and concerts, the 2016 course built on the professional development sessions seen at the 2015 course, developing and expanding these, allowing our delegates and local teachers to benefit from the considerable expertise of our faculty.

2016 program can be viewed here.


Dr. Joe Parisi – conductor


Joseph Parisi is a professor at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where he conducts the Conservatory Wind Ensemble and serves as the chair of music education and music therapy. Professor Parisi has also made professional appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles and presenting clinics, lectures and workshops throughout the United States, United Kingdom, China, and Europe.

His commitment to wind band music continues as he enters his 14th year as the director of the Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Under his direction, the Conservatory Wind Ensemble has collaborated with many outstanding artists and composers, has been invited to perform at state and regional performances, and continues to commission and perform new works each year.

Parisi has several professional recording credits to his portfolio including the Fountain City Brass Band and additional ensembles as a conductor and trumpet performer. He is the principal conductor of the Summit Brass at the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver and the Fountain City Brass Band.

Since becoming the conductor of Kansas City’s Fountain City Brass Band, the group has been recognized as one of the world’s top brass bands, with more than a dozen winning performances at the North American Brass Band Championships and the US Open Brass Band Championship. As a result of Parisi’s work, he has been nominated numerous times for the Conductor of the Year Award, and received the winning conductor award at the 2009 Scottish Open.

Parisi completed a bachelor’s degree in music education at the State University of New York at Potsdam (Crane School of Music); a master’s degree in trumpet performance from Florida State University and a PhD in instrumental conducting/music education from Florida State University. While at the Conservatory, Parisi has received the Kauffman Outstanding Service Award (2005), the Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award in (2009), and the Kauffman Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (2014).

Peter Moore – trombone soloist

peter_moore - photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

In 2008, at the age of 12, Peter Moore became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition. At the age of 18 he was appointed co-principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra and in 2015 joined the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme.

Engagements during the 2015/16 season include his solo debut with the Lucerne Symphony, Thailand Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras. He gives recitals in the Barbican Sound Unbound weekend, Wigmore Hall, Hay-on-Wye Festival, and the BBC Proms in Melbourne, Australia.

As a soloist Peter has appeared with the BBC National Orchestra Wales, the Polish Chamber Orchestra at the Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, and at the Slide Factory in Rotterdam. In 2010 his recording of the Gregson Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra was released by Chandos. He has toured in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2015 took part in the SliderAsia Festival in Hong Kong.

Peter is a Yamaha International Artist and an Ambassador for the BBC Ten Pieces project. He was selected by YCAT in 2014.

…gloriously played with the abandon of youth….breathtaking as played by Moore.
Gramophone CHAN 10627 March 2011

…a soloist of the very front rank.
International Record Review CHAN 10627 January 2011

Daniel Tones – percussion clinician

Daniel TonesDaniel Tones is an award-winning percussionist equally committed to fostering creative development in aspiring musicians. He studied with Salvador Ferreras, Russell Hartenberger, and John Rudolph, and was the first person to receive a doctorate in percussion performance from a Canadian university. Daniel has worked with internationally recognized artists Bob Becker, Aiyun Huang, Morris Palter, and Steve Schick, has performed across Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, and has been broadcast nationally on radio and television.

Daniel is widely recognized for his work as a contemporary percussionist in the fields of solo and chamber-ensemble performance. Recent highlights include guest appearances with the TorQ percussion quartet, solo tours in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, performances at Birmingham’s BEAST FEaST, the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Ojai Festival, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival, and recitals in major international venues such as the Barbican’s Milton Court Concert Hall in London, England.

Global drumming traditions first drew Daniel to percussion. He studied frame drumming, West African drumming and dance, Balinese gamelan, and Cuban percussion with master musicians, and performed professionally in salsa ensembles for over 10 years. As a graduate student he developed a passion for orchestral music, and is now the Principal Percussionist of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria symphonies, the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, and the Vancouver Opera.

Daniel is also a successful arts administrator dedicated to the development of the performing arts in Canada and abroad. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and is a member of Percussive Arts Society’s International Committee. In addition, as the Director of Fringe Percussion he has received numerous grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

His most significant contributions to the performing arts locally and regionally have come through his work as the Music Program Coordinator for the District of West Vancouver. He has designed and implemented a vibrant array of programs including private and group music lessons, summer camps, and drama and musical theatre classes. Since he began this role in 2009, the number of students enrolled in performing arts programs has grown from 70 to 250, and his instructional team has expanded from three to 18.

Daniel teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Community College, and leads Vancouver’s Contemporary Percussion Intensive. He is a Yamaha artist-educator and Sabian endorser, and provides workshops regularly to students throughout Metro Vancouver. In recent years was the Percussion Coach for the Canadian Wind Orchestra and the National Youth Band of Canada.

Dr. Tones is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, and the University of British Columbia, and individual grants or awards from the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Vancouver Foundation.

Dean McNeill – trumpet/cornet/flugel/jazz clinician

mug-dean-bigCanadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill is a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Music. Dean has received a Special Recognition Award from the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival for his contributions to jazz in Saskatchewan and in 2013 performed Allan Gilliland’s composition Kalla (i.e. classical/jazz crossover piece for solo trumpet and wind ensemble) that won Classical Composition of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards; Dean currently directs the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (http://saskatoonjazzorchestra.wordpress.com), the UofS Jazz Ensemble (http://www.usask.ca/music/ensembles/jazzens.html) and the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s Jazz Workshop program.

Dean has directed the International Music Camp’s Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the UofS Kenderdine Campus’ Jazz Composer’s Retreat program, and, has lead many of his own professional touring large and small jazz ensemble (often recorded by CBC Radio). A Yamaha performing artist Dean has performed on over 20 CDs and as a guest artist with the Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver Jazz Orchestras. Dean has adjudicated throughout Canada and the Unites States and has performed alongside the likes of Hugh Fraser, Tom Banks, Brad Turner, Kelly Jefferson, David Braid, Bob Mintzer, Denzal Sinclaire, PJ Perry, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Balantyne, and many others.

Dean holds music degrees from the University of North Texas (Masters), McGill University (Undergraduate), and Grant MacEwan University (Music Diploma). He has released two critically acclaimed CDs respectively entitled Prairie Fire: Large Jazz Ensemble Music of Dean McNeill and Mélange: New Music For Trumpet and Piano (http://www.msrcd.com/1294/1294.html). Most recently Dean performed on the Complete Rebirth of the Cool CD distributed on Cellar Live! records. (http://www.cellarlive.com/discography.php?section=Discography&page=101).

A recipient of the U of S Department of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award Dean’s past administrative activity includes serving on the board of Jazz Canada (i.e. the Canadian chapter of the International Association of Jazz Education), Canadian Music Centre (i.e. Prairie Region Board), and, as Head of the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan (2004-2009).