Trumpet Bootcamp

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8th Annual Trumpet Bootcamp 2017

August 14 – 18, 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $600 (non-refundable)
Registration deadline July 20/2017

Registration Form click here for downloadable PDF

call: 613-729-0693
Alcorn Music Studios,
953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, K1Y 3E5

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We are encouraging students 14 years of age and older to join us for an intense course designed to improve your abilities as a musician and trumpet player.

Scheduled conveniently near the end of summer, students will enjoy better results on start-of-the-year auditions, and avoid the embarrassment of showing up to first rehearsals with ‘summer chops’.

Advanced students will enjoy building their abilities in the many different playing, practicing and performing situations.

Firmly rooted in the fundamentals of brass playing with an emphasis on musicianship, this course is designed to give students knowledge, focus and discipline. Listening and interaction are key in the pursuit of making great music, but also in the education process.

Our goal is to provide an environment where students are well supported and feel free to get involved, ask questions and grow.

In order for the musician to make better music, one must strive for more fluency on their
instrument. Some areas we focus on to build our students’ abilities are:

• Musicality
• Time
• Listening
• Ensemble Playing
• Technique and Facility
• Flexibility and the Upper Register
• Endurance and Stamina

Coaching, instruction and lectures will be given by Camp Director Nicholas Dyson and instructors Christa Lowry and Nicholas Cochrane.

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Bootcamp will be held at Alcorn Music Studios,  953 Gladstone Avenue. In addition to a group course room, ensemble rehearsal rooms and many private studios, the bulk of large group instruction will take place in the amazing acoustic setting of GigSpace.

Typical Day at Trumpet Bootcamp

9:15am – arrive at Alcorn Music Studios
9:30am – Warm-Up, Flexibility and Harmonic Studies
10:00am – Lecture (topics change daily)
10:45am – break
11:00am – Small Ensemble
12:15pm – Flexibility Studies
12:30pm – lunch
1:30pm – Large Ensemble
3:00pm – break
3:15pm – Lecture
4:00pm – Flexibility, Harmonic Studies and Warm-Down

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* Receive your own copy of the ‘Bootcamp Bible’. This text is the collection of exercises we will primarily study from, and has been put together specifically for this camp by Nicholas Dyson.

** Receive your own “Trumpet Bootcamp” T-shirt (specify size when registering) ‘Hoodies’ are available for order in same colours as T-shirt at an extra cost.

****** STUDENT FINALE RECITAL – Attendance is mandatory  unless communicated otherwise before Bootcamp begins.

More Details:

Trumpet Bootcamp will run providing the minimum enrollment is met.

We will need : a t-shirt size, your permission (if you agree) for lunch on Preston, and notice of any medical problems or allergies.

Payment Options: We accept cheques, credit cards, debit and cash.
Credit Card payments may be made over the phone Monday thru Thursday between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
Cheques are payable to Alcorn Music Studios and can be mailed: Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1Y 3E5

Location: Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa see map here
Questions? Call 613-729-0693 or Email

Nicholas DysonNicholas Dyson Nicholas Dyson is one of Ottawa’s busiest trumpeters. He performs reguarly with The Beeched Wailers, Los Gringos, Rob Frayne’s Dream Band, The Yohawks, and Tilda. Nicholas has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops, Ottawa
Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Capital Brassworks, and musical theatre shows such as A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Drowsy Chaperone and The Producers. Nicholas has also worked with Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Kim Massie, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters, Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Patrick Watson and Broken Social Scene.

Nicholas has contributed to albums by Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Tilda, That’s The
Spirit, SoulJazz Orchestra (‘Rising Sun’ 2011 JUNO nomination and ‘Solidarity’ (2013
JUNO nomination), Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays, Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato
Mashers, The Yohawks, Orienteers, Phil Motion & the Easy Lo-Fi, plus a live concert
recording for Radio Canada with Los Gringos.

In addition to maintaining a busy private trumpet studio, Nicholas is the director of
Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra. CYJO is an educationally driven jazz big band, made up
primarily of students from area universities that made their debut in April 2009. Nicholas
teaches trumpet and ensembles at Carleton University, is a CU Jazz Camp faculty
member, and hosts Trumpet Bootcamp at Alcorn Music Studios.

Christa LowryChrista Lowry:  After studying and freelancing in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto, Christa is based in the Ottawa area and is a sought after teacher, clinician and performer. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill, an Advanced Certificate in Performance from the University of Toronto and a double Masters Degree in Performance from Laval University. Christa also completed advanced studies at the Domaine Forget Music Academy and at the Banff Centre. Performing on both modern and baroque trumpets, Christa has performed with symphonies and various chamber ensembles throughout Ontario and Quebec and has toured in Canada, France, Brussels, the Netherlands and Germany. Christa has recorded for television and film, as well as for the Analekta label and has been broadcast on CBC Radio and Radio-Canada.

Nicholas CochraneNicholas Cochrane: Nick began playing the trumpet at age 12 at Hopewell Public School. Excelling quickly he left Hopewell with the Music Award to attend Canterbury Arts High School, during which time he played with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, Nepean All City Jazz Band, University of Ottawa Wind Ensemble, Carleton Big Band and others. For a National Arts Centre Orchestra youth concert, Nick was invited to play a feature with Doc Severinsen’s Cuban Band and the NACO as well as playing in a masterclass at the NAC with Cecil Bridgewater.
After high school, Nick went on to study trumpet performance at the University of Toronto, studying with Barton Woomert. After two years in Toronto, Nick decided to split his degree with the University of Ottawa in order to study with Karen Donnelly.
Since returning to Ottawa, Nick has had the opportunity to free lance in all styles, playing with bands like Los Gringos, Capital Brass Works, Sway, Showtime Party Band, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, The Gallop, and more. Nick also had the opportunity to be a founding member and Lead Trumpet player of the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra, playing all around Ottawa, New York State, and at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Nick has recently returned to Ottawa after a 6 month European tour of “Grease” the musical. Recordings include J.W. Jones blues band “Midnight Memphis Sun”, Delbert and the Commotions “Let Me See You Dance”, The Gallop (self titled) among others. Nick is currently playing and teaching in Ottawa.

St. John's logoThank you to St. John’s Music for their encouragement and support to the Trumpet Bootcamp. In 2010 they donated two gift certificates and over $100 worth of music. The gift certificates were awarded to two outstanding Bootcamp students The music was used in class throughout the week and performed in concert on the last day of Bootcamp. St. John’s also brought 28 horns to Alcorn Music Studios for a display and play day for the trumpet students.
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