I'm now on faculty at the Georgian Bay Symphony School of Music! I'm now the brass teacher, with an emphasis on Heavy Brass. If you want to know more, check out www.GeorgianBaySymphony.ca
April 2, 2004
Benjamin is a third-generation trombone player who grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. He started playing the violin and the trombone at age eight. He later switched from violin to viola, studying with Peggy Hill. He played with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for nine seasons, the first year playing viola and the remaining eight playing tenor and bass trombone. He studied privately with Antol Dvorak and Larry Issacson. While still in grade 12, Benjamin spent the summer playing with the band of Ceremonial Guard for the changing of the guard in Ottawa. That fall he moved permanently to bass trombone. During his final year of high school, Benjamin auditioned for the Armed Forces. He passed the audition but as there was a hiring freeze he decided to study music at Mohawk College. He attended classes at Mohawk for one day when he got a call from the Armed Forces saying there was now a space for him. He accepted the position and studied for one year at the Armed Forces music school in Victoria BC. He was then posted to the Vimy Band in Kingston for six years where he was a featured soloist, teacher and clinician.
After a brief interlude, Benjamin joined the Georgian Bay Symphony for the 2002-2003 season. This is his second season with GBS. In addition to playing with GBS, Benjamin has performed with the Stardust Big Band, the Georgian Sound Big Band and the Chapel Winds. When he is not playing his trombone, Benjamin is a talented web designer, who is also creating GBS’s new website (coming soon to www.GeorgianBaySymphony.ca). His own website is www.bbarby.ca.
December 13 2003