He is a tuba player who grew up in Wisconsin in a family whose history contains a line of German and Swiss musicians.
He studied at the Eastman School of Music and received a doctorate when he was 25, following which he taught music at the University of Toronto. He met up with Gene Watts who was a trombonist and told who him of his plans to create a brass quartet, which would eventually become a quintet.
In 1970 they were founder members of the Canadian Brass along with Graeme Page and Stuart Laughton and they gained fame for performing daring stage presentations of classical, jazz and popular music. One of his projects was a series of 200 brass works which were published by Hal Leonard and are now played widely by students.
In 2014 he was recognised for his contribution to music when he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Canadian Brass Recordings
Canton in Double Echo (Giovanni Gabrieli)
CBS MY 44931 (CD: Monteverdi/Gabrieli: Antiphonal Music)
Arranger – Arthur Frackenpohl
With The Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra
O Holy Night (Adolphe Charles Adams)
RCA 0 7863 54132 2 (CD – Christmas with the Canadian Brass)
Organist – John Grady , St. Patrick’s Cathedral Organ
Here he is on tuba with the Canadian Brass performing “Tuba Tiger Rag”….