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2023 / 2024 Concerts

HYB School Show Day

Locations TBA

Monday November 6th

Sounds of the Season

The Church of the Redeemer

Saturday December 9th, 2:00pm

Featuring Nate Fanning & Mateus Moraes performing Herbert L. Clarke’s duet Cousins as well as solos from each of them!

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Nate Fanning

Nate Fanning is the former Principal Trombone of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Nate has  acted as guest principal Trombone with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. Nate has also played with some of Canada’s leading orchestras including but not limited to the Toronto Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Opera de Québec, Orchestre Classique de Montreal, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

His formal education started at Wilfrid Laurier University studying with Jay Castello and continued at the University of Toronto under Gordon Sweeney. Upon completion of his Masters degree, Nate was accepted into and completed the Artist Diploma program at the prestigious Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gordon Wolfe. A member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada under the direction of Boris Brott for the summers of 2009 and 2010, Nate has often been used as a mentor with the orchestra in subsequent seasons. 

In 2015 Nate had the privilege of playing with Album and Group of the year winners The Arkells at the Juno awards in front of a nationally televised audience. Other artists Nate has shared the stage with include Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Grammy winners Evanescence and Sarah McLachlan, Billboard and Teen Choice Award winner Lindsey Stirling, Juno winner Johnny Reid, Sigur Ros and Il Divo. A big highlight of Nate’s career was playing in the pit while his father John Fanning sang the lead role in the world premiere of Brian Finley’s Opera The Pencil Salesman under the direction of Dan Warren at the Westben Arts Festival in 2016. Nate is an avid teacher and has been on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University and Summer Music, a music camp in Port Elgin Ontario. Nate is also the music director and Organist for Knox United Church in the town of Ayr.

When not practicing, performing or teaching, Nate loves watching sports (especially his beloved Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Browns, Tiger- Cats and Norwich FC) and spending time with his wife Amy and children Maggie and Matthew.

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Mateus Moraes

Originally from Brazil, Matheus Moraes received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, where he studied with David Alves, and moved to Canada in 2017 to further his music education. He has since received a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Instrument from the University of British Columbia, where he is currently enrolled as a Doctoral Fellow in the Doctor of Musical Arts program under the tutelage of Larry Knopp.

Prior to joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Matheus held the position of section trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Surrey City Orchestra, as well as the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater. An active performer in chamber music groups, Matheus is Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Brass Collective, founding member of the Vancouver Brass Orchestra, and has performed with several brass chamber groups in the Greater Vancouver area. He has spent summers with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute, the National Arts Center Orchestra Mentorship Program, and the National Academy Orchestra, where he received the Most Valuable Player award in 2022.

Rising Stars Concert

The Church of the Redeemer

Saturday February 10th, 2:00pm

Band Together

Joint concert with HSSB, HYB & the Rising Stars Solo Competition winner

Metropolitan United Church

Monday February 19th, 2:00pm

Bring on the Brass

The Church of the Redeemer

Saturday April 6th, 2:00pm

Featuring Trash Panda Brass

Only having hit the streets in June 2022, Trash Panda Brass is a new and exciting voice in the Toronto brass band scene. Having quickly gained a large following, Trash Panda Brass has appeared on the cover of the Whole Note magazine; performed at TD Jazz Fest, and Small World Festival; and recorded their first EP, all within the first year of conception. Their home however, will always be on the streets where they are “retooling the art of busking into a kindof amazing outdoor ambush” - The Whole Note

In an effort to bring music and joy to as wide an audience as possible, they regularly play at community events, festivals and educational workshops and can still be seen playing on the streets of Toronto. With all arranging done by members of the band, Trash Panda is known for their upbeat and fun loving tunes, pay
ing homage to quintessential queer hits and icons. Trash Panda Brass is proud to be here and queer!

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Trash Panda Brass

HJB/HCB Canada's Wonderland Music Festival

TBA (Probably 2nd or 3rd week of May)

Hannaford Community Band and Junior Band will participate and enjoy a day of fun on the rides.

**all activities subject to change

2022 / 2023 Concerts

Sounds of the Season

Featuring Robert Conquer, trombone soloist

Saturday December 10th, 2:00pm

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Robert Conquer - Trombone

Robert Conquer is quickly establishing himself as one of Canada’s finest young musicians. Most recently, he performed Nino Rota’s Concerto per Trombone on tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as the first-prize recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts - Michael Measures Prize. In 2021, he was the second-prize winner of this same award and was also named as one of CBC Classical Music's "30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30." Robert is thrilled to be performing as the Acting Principal Trombonist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra for their 2022/2023 season, wherein he is the youngest regular musician. He was the winner of the 2020 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competition, wherein he also received a full scholarship to attend Domaine Forget de Charlevoix and the prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work in the semi-final round. He is the First Prize winner of numerous other solo competitions including the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, Canadian National Music Festival, North American Brass Band Association Championships, Ontario Music Festivals Association, Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, and the Hannaford Youth Band Competition. Passionate about new music, Robert most recently collaborated with Australian-Lebanese composer Elizabeth Younan which culminated in the recorded performance of her new work "Lone Song" for solo trombone. He also recently worked with American composer Elise Arancio, performing her new work “A Negative Space for Trombone and Electronics” in December 2020. In 2018, Robert premiered the late Canadian composer Donald Coakley’s “Sound Bites for Trombone and Winds” alongside the Agincourt Collegiate Wind Symphony. Robert will remember Mr. Coakley fondly during each of his future performances. Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Robert studied privately with trombonist David Archer for three years before pursuing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn as a Carrie L. Tolson Memorial Fellow. Robert was recognized as Curtis' Presser Scholar, a prestigious scholarship awarded to one senior student who has high academic and musical accomplishments and embodies the qualities of leadership and citizenship. He looks forward to graduating with his Bachelor of Music in the Spring of 2023.

Robert Conquer is an alumni of the Hannaford Youth Program!

Rising Stars

Featuring the finalists of our Rising Stars Solo Competition

Saturday February 11th, 2:00pm

(first round Saturday November 26th, 1:00pm - Walter Hall, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music)

Side-by-Side with HSSB

Hannaford Youth Band's annual feature playing with the Hannaford Street Silver Band

Brass n' Keys

Featuring the Thompson Egbo-Egbo trio

Saturday April 15th, 2:00pm

Acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo is always in key. Deeply rooted in his upbringing – moving to Canada from Nigeria at age four, commencing his dedication to playing the piano at the age of six – his innate aptitude and affection for the instrument resonates with him to this day. The key that keeps everything aligned is one where Thompson is in tune with his environment, collaborators, community and a signature approach to the art.

On his forthcoming project, set for release via MNRK Music Group this fall, Thompson will draw from themes of transition, rebirth, realignment, joy, and optimism for the future. Partly inspired by the shifts and impact the last two years of the pandemic has placed on both a personal and professional level, audiences will experience the growth and depth of Thompson’s writing, as an offering of sonic catharsis and hope.

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Thompson Egbo-Egbo - Jazz Piano

The project’s first single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, is a classic cover that many may have heard in one of Thompson’s live performances. The reimagined version shows that, no matter where it’s played or who it’s played for, it connects with people of all generations and cultures. 

 

Before Thompson began playing his way through landmark venues across Toronto, he honed his skill in the heart of the city. At Dixon Hall, a community center down the street from where he grew up in Toronto's Regent Park, he was able to take piano lessons at two dollars a session. Growing up in subsidized government development area of Toronto, Egbo-Egbo was awed by the fact a group of people thought enough of the residences to build a musical school so that the children of the neighborhood could enjoy to enjoy the neighbourhood could enjoy the access of affordable music lessons. 

As this experience struck a chord in his youth, giving back is a trademark note of Thompson’s ethos. Thompson served as a member of the board at Dixon Hall for many years and is currently, on the board at Jazz FM 91. His own organization, The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, and Evolving Through the Arts program, targets elementary school students recognizing that a positive change and a sense of self-worth should be instilled in children early and they be afforded opportunities that all children should receive. The foundation aims to fill a void in the education of music and arts not found in many communities, and partners with talented Canadian musicians and artists to provide a well-rounded and focused curriculum, dedicated to creating a resource for underprivileged Canadian youth to advance in music and the arts, empowers them through a safe environment to learn and express themselves artistically, and provides a platform for children to build their confidence, leadership and teamwork skills.

 

With degrees in Music from Humber College, and music production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, to releasing numerous works and collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned artists, Thompson’s involvement in music has seen many opportunities come his way. Last year, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes, honouring the artist’s life and career. While he was set to cross the pond for a recording opportunity at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK, Thompson was still able to proceed in Toronto to write and record Oddly Familiar – an album released and archived with Audio Network’s sync library.

Looking ahead, listeners can expect to hear music from the new album in a docuseries project by Luminato Festival called Golden Hour. The trio will perform at a selection of Ontario festival dates including Toronto International Film Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival, and Orillia Jazz Festival. Next year, Thompson will be performing Oscar Peterson's music for a special concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in February 2023.

Thompson Egbo-Egbo shares his experience, ideas and vision with vibrant energy. The key to his success is not solely unlocked by memorable, harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove, but the connections they create and the doors they open within the listener.

 

Connect with Thompson: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify

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Jeff Halischuk - Drums

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Randall Hall - Bass

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