Foothills Brass

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Foothills Brass is a group of five versatile musicians from across North America. Founded in 1981 in Calgary, this superb Canadian quintet is dedicated to exceptional artistic presentation, meaningful educational activities, and innovative leadership in the artistic community. Foothills Brass presents up to 100 events each year in concert halls, universities, classrooms and cathedrals. We are SERIOUS FUN!

Tours have taken Foothills Brass across Canada, through the USA, as far as Israel, where they began a three week tour with a performance in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. They were featured guests in the "Canada in the City" festival sponsored by the Canada High Commission, and at the first annual Covent Garden Festival, both in London, England.

Foothills Brass has produced five CDs to date, the most recent is "Stampede!" .

Chris Morrison, trumpet
Founder of the Foothills Brass Quintet in 1981, Chris was born in Trail, British Columbia and grew up in the Northwest Territories. He studied music at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto (B. Mus.) and the Banff Centre. A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he was also the Principal Trumpet of the Thunder Bay Symphony and has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Banff Festival Orchestra. Outside of music, Chris enjoys camping, hiking, and riding his horse, bicycle, and vintage motorcycles.

Derrick Milton, trumpet
Derrick Milton studied music at the University of Toronto and the Banff school of Fine Arts. He was once a regular member of the Canadian Opera Orchestra, and later the Thunder Bay Symphony, where he worked with Chris in forming a brass quintet which led the creation of Foothills Brass. Freelance work has allowed him to play with many great musicians across North America. Derrick has shared his passion for the trumpet with hundreds of students, teaching both privately and at schools and universities. Derrick now lives on Saltspring Island, where he enjoys kayaking, sailing and playing jazz in the local pubs.

Rosalee Morrison, French horn
Co-founder of Foothills Brass with Chris in 1981, Rosalee grew up in Atlantic Canada. Musical Studies at Mount Allison University (B. Mus.), the University of Calgary (M. Mus,), and the Banff Centre led to her move to Calgary. Her teachers included Barry Tuckwell and Froydis Ree Wekre. She has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and still performs regularly with Symphony New Brunswick. When not playing her horn, Rosalee can be found doting on her horse Tuffy.

Ben Perrier, Trombone
Ben grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario and is currently Principal Trombone with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. He has held positions with the Thunder Bay Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and became a member of Foothills Brass in 2002. He holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and DePaul University. His teachers include Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony, Mark Fisher of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Canadian Trombone virtuoso Alain Trudel. Ben now resides in Belleville, Ontario with his wife Beth, brand-new daughter Clara, and a very cute dog named Amy.

Keith Walton, Tuba
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Keith pursued music at the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and graduated with his Doctorate of Music from McGill University. Keith has played in orchestras throughout Canada including the Ontario Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony. Keith is a regular freelance tubaist in both Toronto and Montreal, and has performed with musicians such as Slide Hampton, Howard Johnson, Clark Terry, Louis Belson and The Lemon Bucket Orkestra. A church organist and choir director, he enjoys reading a good book, listening to LPs, and spending time with his two daughters, Auréa and Édith.


The Saints Go Marching In - arr. J. Michalak
Humoresque - Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
The Entertainer / Slim Trombone - Joplin/Fillmore
Grandpa's Spells - Jelly Roll Morton

Roaring Twenties Medley - arr. Paul Nagle
Five Foot Two; Toot, Toot, Tootsie;
Makin' Whoopie; Yes, Sir, That's My Baby

Alexander's Ragtime Band - Irving Berlin
The Moritat of Mack the Knife (1928) - Kurt Weill
Amazing Grace - arr. L. Henderson


Georgia - Hoagy Carmichael
Beale Street Blues - W.C. Handy

Four Hits for Five by George - George Gershwin
S'wonderful; Embraceable You;
The Man I Love; Strike up the Band

Donna Lee -Miles Davis

Bobtail Suite - Ward Cole
Scintillating Cindy; Lament for Pan; Jasper and Yogi

That's a-Plenty - Lew Pollack

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -Martin/Blane
Let it Snow - Sammy Cahn
Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson