Homebase: Saltspring Island
Languages: English, French
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE
Founded in 1981, Foothills Brass presents up to 200 events each year in concert halls, universities, classrooms and cathedrals. The ensemble has performed for about one million students in elementary, middle and high schools and at colleges and universities across North America. Foothills Brass is composed of five versatile musicians from across Canada. This superb quintet is dedicated to exceptional artistic presentation, meaningful educational activities and innovative leadership in the artistic community.
School Year: 22-23
Offered Languages: English, French
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 50 mins.
Tech Requirements: Five armless chairs
Available Formats: In Person
Our age-specific performances include music from nearly every genre and time period - from renaissance to modern, from classical and jazz to Broadway and pop. We show students how music is put together using the building blocks of music - tone, melody, rhythm, and harmony. We demonstrate how brass instruments work using ancient instruments, and we show students how to make their own instruments using common household components. We engage the audience in a variety of ways - humour is omnipresent while we have students play along on rhythm instruments, or conduct the quintet, or engage them with lots of questions. We support music teachers every way we can. We inspire young people to participate in school music programs. A variety of workshops are available after our concert presentations. We are happy to match our programming to support a school's needs.
To say that our audience was enthusiastic would be an understatement. Foothills Brass not only impressed with their thoughtful artistry, but they also filled the hall with toe-tapping excitement. An all-around outstanding presentation! Norm Werbner, Middle Keys Concerts, Marathon, FL
The players have fun on stage and with the audience, creating a light-hearted atmosphere while playing some seriously robust and thrilling music. Port Colborne Tribune, ON
The kids had a blast! And they got a lot out of it. Gail Hiley, Dr Gordon Higgins Junior High School, Calgary, AB