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Whitby Brass Junior Band - Oct 12, 2012
Junior Band
The Whitby Brass Band, celebrating 150 years of community music making, owes much of its longevity to the Junior Band Program.

Throughout the life of the band there has been a realization that a steady influx of new members would be required to sustain the group, so a secondary "training" group has existed in one form or another.

Since the 1950's, the Junior Band (in its present form) has been training both young and old musicians to the level required to enter the Senior Band. We provide the instrument, the music and the training, and all we ask for is commitment and a desire to be the best you can be! There is only a small fee to cover the cost of the instruction book and when the beginner graduates to the band they must purchase a band uniform shirt. The entire cost of the program is about $30 or $40!

Over the years the band has had many generations of families as members. Currently we have three families with members in both the Junior and Senior Band! One such family has three generations currently enrolled.

The band is open to anyone regardless of age or experience, however, players with some experience must go through a basic audition to be placed in the band.

The Whitby Brass Junior Band rehearses on Monday nights, 7:30pm - 9:00pm. The band normally takes a break from early July until September.

The beginner band rehearses on Monday nights, 6:30pm - 7:20pm. Beginner band accepts new members once the current class has graduated. If you wish to receive an email when we are looking for new beginners, please send us an email.

Junior Bandmaster Gerry Murphy
Gerry began his music studies as a young boy in Germany, where his family was stationed with the R.C.A.F. He started learning the Accordion at 5 yrs, Organ at 8, and as soon as he was old enough to join, he began playing Euphonium with the Volunteer Band on the Air Base. During high school he switched to the Tuba and after graduation Gerry auditioned for and was accepted into the R.C.A.F. as a musician. Unfortunately his military career was short lived as the Bands were reduced in number due to government cut-backs. Undaunted, he attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where he completed a double-major on Tuba and Euphonium with honors in Conducting, Composition and Arranging. In his third year at Queen's, Gerry was hired to conduct the Belleville Concert Brass Band, a post he held for 12 years. After graduation he helped with the restoration of the Belleville Municipal Band, conducting that group for 8 years. During that time he held the position of associate music teacher at Albert College, was "Conductor in Residence" for the Pinnacle Playhouse Music Theatre Co., toured the Hastings County Schools as part of the "Artist in the Classroom" programs and taught private lessons from his home studio.

In 1999, Gerry moved to Oshawa, Ont. where he joined the Whitby Brass Band on Eb Tuba. He currently holds the position of principal tuba and is the director of the Junior Band program for the Whitby Brass Band. Gerry continues to teach privately, performs with various ensembles and has participated in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. He is frequently sought after as a guest conductor, most recently with Pickering Concert Band and Northdale Concert Band. In addition to being on the Board of, and the Brass Band representative for the Canadian Band Association (Ontario), Gerry is also a member of the North American Brass Band Association.

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