Mar. 28 - Apr. 3, 2016
Victoria Symphony 75th Anniversary Tour
Photos and reviews of our performances in Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver.
Jan. 5, 2016
New Publication: Rondeau & Badinerie for Brass Quintet
Music from Bach's popular Orchestral Suite No.2 (originally in B minor).
Nov. 21, 2015
New Publication: Farandole Light for Brass Quintet
An abridged version of the popular Farandole by Georges Bizet (often performed on orchestral Christmas concerts).
Jan. 28, 2015
New Publication: Victor Ewald Opus 1 for Trombone Quartet
An epic arrangement of some lush and virtuosic string quartet music.
Jan. 7, 2015
New Publication: The Sleigh Ride for Brass Trio
Some fun music by Mozart arranged for brass.
Nov. 14, 2014
New Publication: Four Bell Carols for Brass Quartet
These traditional-style arrangements (non-jazzy) are suitable for strong high school or college-level players. Includes Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and Ding Dong! Merrily on High.
Aug. 18, 2014
New Publication: Bach D Minor Violin Concerto for Trombone Choir
A challenging arrangment of the first movement for six or ten trombones, suitable for university or professional-level players.
Jan. 31, 2014
New Publication: Delibes Pizzicati for Trombone Quartet
The popular Variation dansée “Pizzicati” by Léo Delibes is a favorite at Viennese New Year's concerts, usually featuring the strings (of course). This arrangement presents first trombone as the soloist.
Jan. 23, 2014
New Publication: Bach Prelude in C Major for Trombone Quartet
A challenging arrangement that takes a lot of work to perform in public. It's fun though to get together and play it with friends!
Aug. 5, 2013
New Publication: Pizzicato Polka for Trombone Quartet
Yes: it can be done!
Nov. 28, 2012
The Sleigh Ride for Trombone Trio
Some fun music by Mozart arranged for trombones.
Nov. 9, 2012
Christmas Postlude for Brass Ensemble
It's not traditional Christmas music, but this organ music by William Best makes a nice concert piece for brass.
Sept. 28, 2012
Four German Dances for Trombone Quartet
These new arrangements by Brad are quite fun to play.
July 3, 2012
Horn Solo from the Water Music for Brass Ensemble
We recently recorded a sample audio file of this new arrangement.
Jan. 10, 2012
Biebl Ave Maria for Trombone Choir
We got together and recorded a sample of Brad's arrangement for seven trombones. Enjoy!
Oct. 14, 2011
Bruckner for Brass Quartet
Brad's new arrangement of Locus Iste is available here.
July 26, 2011
Beacon Hill Brass on Facebook
The Beacon Hill Brass has a new Facebook page, with some great photos and videos of our performances this summer.
June 10, 2011
New LinkedIn Profile
Finally joined the professional world.
May 15, 2011
Victoria Symphony Releases New CDs
Music of Dutch Composer Wim Zwaag: Violin Concerto (Terence Tam, violin), Piano Concerto No. 2 (Sara Buechner, piano), Orchestral Songs on Poems by Rilke, Liliencron and Neruda (Anja Wilbrink, mezzo soprano). Available from the Victoria Symphony or on the composer's website.
March 23, 2011
New brass quintet arrangement of Tico-Tico now available from Cherry Classics.
Feb. 24, 2011
Added a list of brass music arrangements available for purchase online.
Jan. 14, 2011
Class 52 CCA Expires Jan. 31, 2011
Purchase new computer hardware for your business before the end of January to claim a full deduction for it on your 2011 income tax return.
Oct. 7, 2010
Tax Implications When Canadian Residents Marry Non-residents
Taxpayers should inform Canada Revenue Agency as soon as possible after marrying a non-resident, to minimize the impact on benefit payments and allow correct calculation of the spousal amount.
Aug. 26, 2010
Colonel Bogey Euphonium Part
Here's a free pdf file for all those euphonium players out there who are tired of struggling to read Kenneth Alford's famous march (which has a big euph solo) on a tiny march card.
Aug. 12, 2010
Sound Samples for Trombone Duet and Trio
July 12, 2010
Fun With Faure
Arranged and recorded Faure's Sicilienne for euphonium and piano (normally played by cello or flute).
June 26, 2010
Fun With Bach
Recorded Bach's “Badinerie” from the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor – have a listen if you like!
June 7, 2010
New Tax Article
How to Avoid Double Taxation of Investment Income for U.S. Citizens Living in Canada
U.S. citizens in Canada who earn investment income from U.S. sources can use a worksheet in IRS Publication 514 to avoid double taxation of that income.
May 2, 2010
Victoria Symphony on CBC
Our performance of Liszt's Les Preludes was broadcast on CBC Radio 2's In Concert series.
Feb. 27, 2010
Pacific Opera's Capriccio is Deliciously Fun
The Globe and Mail reviewed our production of Richard Strauss's opera and called it “outstanding”!
Jan. 4, 2010
New York State Tax Preparer Registration
Howland Tax Services has complied with the new law requiring individuals who prepare New York State tax returns to register with the Department of Taxation and Finance.
Dec. 23, 2009
Beacon Hill Brass on YouTube
Our brass quintet performed “Rudolph Variations” at a Christmas concert in Christ Church Cathedral, in high-definition video!
Nov. 23, 2009
The Stars and Stripes Forever Reviewed
My arrangement of Sousa's famous march for trombone quartet was reviewed in the last International Trombone Association (ITA) Journal. You can read the review and buy the arrangement here!
Oct. 21, 2009
The Asteroid “VicSympho”
The Victoria Symphony had an asteroid named after it, in recognition of the orchestra's contributions towards music and science education during the International Year of Astronomy. A certificate will be presented to the orchestra at our upcoming concert featuring Holst's The Planets. On that day VicSympho will be 532 million km from the Earth and 543 million km from the sun. How cool is that?
Sept. 9, 2009
It was back to work today at the Victoria Symphony after a one-year sabbatical. Great to see old friends again!
Sept. 4, 2009
Joined the National Association of Tax Professionals as an international member.
Sept. 3, 2009
New Tax Article
Requirement to File Form TD F 90-22.1 for U.S. Persons
U.S. persons are required to file Form TD F 90-22.1 every year they own, or have an interest in, foreign financial accounts where the combined balances exceed $10,000 at any time during the year.
Aug. 14, 2009
Tuba Quartet Audio Samples
Recorded mp3 sound samples for tuba/euphonium quartet arrangements available to purchase at Music For Brass.com – fun!
July 29, 2009
June 30, 2009
Completed HTML Developer Certification
Passed the W3School’s HTML exam, and was declared a Certified HTML Developer with fundamental knowledge of web development using HTML, XHTML, and CSS.