|Kirkland Lake Brass Band
7 Kirkland Street, Kirkland Lake, Ontario
- David Gillett - Conductor- |
David is a life long member of the Band and in February of 2007, he took over the position as conductor. If there is a musical event in town, David Gillett probably has something to do with it. He graduated from Kirkland Lake Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Kirkland Lake. He then took up religious studies at the University of Toronto,before transferring to the Royal Conservatory of Music. There he studied with internationally-renowned clarinet player Blago Siminov. David also studied voice, keyboard and harmony. While in Toronto he played clarinet with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra,the Royal Military Band and in music recitals produced by Siminov. He sang with St.Anne's Anglican Church and the Ontario Youth Choir School. David was the accompanist at the Kiwanis Music Festival for the Kirkland Lake Brass Quartet, and played clarinet at 'Contemporary Showcase', a competition for Canadian music.
His interests have lead him to conducting and composing, such pieces as: a chorale prelude for mixed winds, several pieces for clarinet, a mass and a brass quartet (Northern Suite, 1983) In 2004 David added "Ein Feste Burg" for trombone choir to his repertoire.
David teaches piano, wind instruments & voice, and also works as organist and plays and sings at funerals.
He is keeping his clarinet skills up, conducts at times, and is a longstanding member of the Kirkland Lake Brass Band, where he used to play "First Baritone"
With the passing of the founder and longtime conductor of the Kirkland Lake Brass Band, Mr. Jim Perry in January of 2007, it left us with great needs for restructuring. Thanks to David we are able to continue making wonderful music. David is still composing,ie: "Nocturne", a cd of his piano playing.The cd can be obtained at the Museum of Northern History in Kirkland Lake.
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