Neil is teaching Brass Technique and Introduction to Jazz Improvisation, conducting Concert Band, and coaching the Brass Chamber Group.
A native of British Columbia, Neil took up the trumpet at an early age, and the cello at age 11. After studies in Vancouver with Jerold Gerbrecht, he attended the University of British Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree on trumpet as a student of Martin Berinbaum, maintaining cello as his second instrument. He followed his music degree with teacher training, also at UBC. He attended summer music programs at the Courtenay Youth Music Centre, the Banff Centre (with the Canadian Brass), and the Aspen Festival. While still a student, he also worked as a private trumpet instructor and Brass Section Coach for the Delta Youth Orchestra.
In 1983, Neil moved to Toronto to take up a position as Production Assistant/Youth Orchestra Manager with the Toronto Symphony. Returning to teaching with the Scarborough Board of Education, he taught Computers, Band and Strings, conducted the All-City Symphony Orchestra, the All-City Concert Band, and instructed at the Scarborough Music Camp. After a 31-year teaching career Neil retired in 2016 as the Junior School music teacher at Trinity College School, where he taught the senior string class and conducted award-wining string and wind ensembles at both the elementary and secondary level.
Neil remains an active performer and teacher, and is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. He served as Principal Trumpet for 7 years with the Scarborough Philharmonic, and also performs regularly with the Toronto Brass Consort. Neil is particularly proud of his many private students, several of whom have gone on to successful professional careers as musicians and educators. Neil lives in Cobourg with his wife Barbara, a writer and crafter. Their son Dylan is a professional double bassist. Neil’s hobbies include travel, computers, and working on his ever-expanding basement model railroad empire.
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