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Foothills Brass Quintet

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Saltspring Island
Languages: English, French

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.


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
What an amazing experience. I wished I could have frozen time, gone out and brought everyone from miles around, just so I could share this moment with them. El Dorado, CA
The kids had a blast! And they got a lot out of it. Gail Hiley, Dr Gordon Higgins Junior High School, Calgary, AB

Performances & Workshops

The Building Blocks of Music

Grade Suitability: K - 9
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Five chairs
Fee Range: $1030 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

This fast-paced, energetic performance shows how music is put together! Step-by-step, Foothills Brass creates songs using the building blocks of tone, rhythm, melody and harmony. These elements are then highlighted in how they are used in well-known pieces the kids already know such as Star Wars, Under the Sea, and the Harry Potter soundtrack. One lucky volunteer gets to be young Mozart and conduct the quintet, a few more students join us on rhythm instruments, and everyone will observe how to build simple brass instruments from household items.

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