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     Thurgood, Brian

    He is a percussionist, drummer, conductor and teacher who studied at the University of Alberta, the University of Victoria and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West.


    In 1977 he joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has since performed as a freelance musician with several Canadian orchestras and ensembles that include Edmonton Wind Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble and lent his talents to several radio and televison shows.


    He is involved in the jazz scene in Edmonton and has performed in theatres with the Edmonton Opera.  He has also played in musical productions that include Aspects of Love, Evita, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, the King and I, Oliver! and Phantom of the Opera and accompanied artists such as Tommy Banks, Harry Belafonte, Anne Murray, Procol Harum and Quartette among many others. 


    In the field of musical education he joined the faculty of MacEwan College in 1981 and has held the position of Section Head of Drums & Percussion.  He has also been a teacher at the University of Alberta’s Summer Jazz Camps and MusCamrose, a clinician at events such as the Edmonton Cantando Festival and at an adjudicator at events such as the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts.


    Edmonton Wind Ensemble recordings

    Snake Fence Country (Howard Cable)

    CBC Records SMCD 5165

    Conductor – Harry Pinchin



    1. http://www.macewan.ca/web/pvca/music/Faculty/detailspage.cfm?id=415
    2. http://www.epekpercussion.com/epekartistsbrian.html
    3. http://www.cantando.org/adj.html
    4. http://tonusvivus.com/2010/05/14/st-crispins-chamber-ensemble-six-team-league/
    5. http://www.tixonthesquare.ca/event/detail/1012/
    6. http://www.reddeerkiwanisfestival.org/2010_Sessions_Schedule_web_Friday.pdf
    7. http://www.myspace.com/edmontonjazz
    8. http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20100327/SAG0302/303279998/0/SAG0804













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