The Bedford Brass Quintet features accomplished musicians who have performed with many of Canada’s leading ensembles. Check out the profiles below to learn more about the faces behind the horns.
Bass Trombone & Tuba
Growing up in Bedford, Reuben took up the trombone at age 11 and performed as a student with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble before earning a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from Dalhousie University. He is principal trombone for the PEI Symphony Orchestra, and bass trombonist for Nova Sinfonia and the Tuesday Night Band. Reuben has also performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, Scotia Brass, the Dalhousie Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Trombone Summit, the Back Alley Big Band, and the Acadia University Wind Ensemble. He works as an elementary and secondary music teacher for the Halifax Regional School Board.
Lisa has performed with a variety of ensembles including Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Ballet Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Nova Sinfonia, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Altiora Brass Band, Scotia Brass, and the Chester Brass Band. She has also played in the Toronto productions of many major musicals, most notably The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, as well as Anne of Green Gables and Canada ROCKS! at Confederation Centre in PEI. Lisa has made Halifax her home for more than ten years, and is a professional piano tuner.
Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Jamie’s grandfather gave him his first mouthpiece when he turned five and Jamie’s been buzzing ever since. After graduating from high school in Bedford, Jamie pursued music at Acadia University before completing a performance degree at McGill University. As a student, he performed with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, and the McGill Symphony, Opera Orchestra, and Big Band. He has also performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival and with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, L’Ensemble Telemann, the Scotia Festival Orchestra, and Scotia Brass. Jamie is currently a member of Nova Sinfonia. In real life, Jamie is the Languages Department Head at Sackville High School and a father of two future trumpet players.
Tenor Trombone & Euphonium
Growing up in Dartmouth, Simon was playing with the John Alphonse Big Band by age 17. He earned a degree in jazz performance from St. Francis Xavier University and also studied at McGill, where he was principal trombone for the McGill Orchestra. Simon was later principal trombone for the Nanaimo Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, Scotia Brass, the David James Orchestra, The Swing Kings, The Floorboards, and the Chester Brass Band. He currently plays with ECMA nominees Scott n’ the Rocks, the Sounds of Motown, and Trombone Summit.
Trumpet & Flugelhorn
A native of Bedford, Paul is principal trumpet with Nova Sinfonia and performs with the popular Latin music ensemble Son Latino. He’s also active on the jazz scene in Halifax; with his group Blue Spirits, Paul earned a 2017 Nova Scotia Music Award nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year for Liquid Courage. Paul’s compositions and arrangements are often featured in BBQ performances, and his piece The Eagle and Shield was chosen as the bicentennial anthem for Dalhousie University in 2018. He is a former member of the ECMA-nominated funk band Unidentified Funk Object, appearing on the albums Space Funk Party, Old School Future, and Ufology. He has also recorded with The Stanfields and Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, and performed with Jerry Granelli, Augusto Enriquez, Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble, the PEI Symphony Orchestra, the UPEI Wind Ensemble, Sackville Concert Band, Back Alley Big Band, Scott n’ the Rocks, Neptune Theatre (Into the Woods), and more.