He is a conductor born in Toronto, Ontario, who first
ventured into music was when he began to learn the trumpet under the
tuition of his amateur cornet-playing father when he was 10 years old.
After leaving high school he entered Toronto’s Royal
Conservatory of Music coupled with private tuition and in 1953 he joined
the forces and became a musician with the Canadian Guards Band, serving a
tour of duty in Korea in 1954.
He then got posted to Calgary and went on to perform with the Royal
Canadians and Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry band.
He became a member of the Calgary Philharmonic
Orchestra and began to study conducting, first with a conductor he had
worked under in the forces and later with a Professor from the Vienna State
He accepted an invitation by the Government of Alberta
to become their Assistant Supervisor of Music and was recognised by them
later when he was given their “Award of Excellence. He was also a member of the
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with whom he played the trumpet and conducted
their pops section. He became
a long-time member of the Tommy Banks Orchestra and appeared with them in
broadcasts and on recordings for more than thirty years.
In the 1960s he founded the Cosmopolitan Music Society
in Edmonton, in 1963 he was a founder member of the Musicians & Actors Club
in Calgary, which evolved into Theatre Calgary, and in 1978 he was given
the Directors Award and given Honorary Life Membership by the Canadian Band
In 1993 the City of Edmonton awarded him the Cultural
Achievement Award and in 1997 he was made a life member of the American
When the new millennium came around he was still
active as ever and still being honoured by many different groups and
associations. In 2001 he was
awarded the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic International Award and in
2007 he received the Atco Gas Award for Lifetime Achievement.
After more than 40 years loyal service with the CMS he
retired in 2007 and was named their Music Director Emeritus.
Aside from the orchestras listed above he has
conducted ensembles such as the Edmonton Wind Ensemble and Alberta’s
Symphonic Winds and Chamber Choir.
Edmonton Wind Ensemble recordings
Snake Fence Country (Howard Cable)
CBC Records SMCD 5165
Conductor – Harry Pinchin
Liner notes: Snake Fence Country