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

Tico-Tico Published

New brass quintet arrangement of Tico-Tico now available from Cherry Classics.

Feb. 24, 2011

Music Publications

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

Check out the new audio samples at Music for for Trombone Duet and Trombone 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 minorhave 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

Sabbatical Over

It was back to work today at the Victoria Symphony after a one-year sabbatical. Great to see old friends again!

Sept. 4, 2009

NATP Membership

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 – fun!

July 29, 2009

Completed JavaScript Developer Certification

Passed the W3School’s JavaScript exam, and was declared a Certified JavaScript Developer with fundamental knowledge of web development using JavaScript and the HTML DOM.

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.