Brad Howland, Principal Trombone

Brad officially joined the Victoria Symphony in 1989, after playing one season on second trombone. He has performed in the past as a substitute musician with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Palm Court Orchestra.

Brad plays both euphonium and trombone in the group Heavy Metal (the Victoria Symphony low brass section), which provides educational concerts throughout Victoria.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of British Columbia, Brad has taught trombone on the faculties of the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre, Marrowstone Music Festival, Victoria Conservatory of Music, and University of Victoria.

Brad began publishing music in 1998, with the goal of helping brass musicians find good arrangements for their performances. His catalog has grown to over 500 pieces, and is a popular site for finding brass sheet music online.

Hometown: Kamloops, BC

First season with the VS: 1988/89

Most memorable VS experience: Performing Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck with Pacific Opera Victoria. POV used Canadian composer John Rea’s reduction of Berg’s massive score (sanctioned by the Berg family), which combined five trombone and tuba parts into one. It was a virtuoso trombone part with range from pedal F# to high E, and 39 pages of almost continuous playing. I practiced it for six months.

Hobbies and interests: reading and hiking.

Favourite things to do around the capital region: fishing the lakes near Victoria.

Learn more about Brad at bradhowland.com.

1 Comment

  1. Hi Brad, I was just reading your comments about playing in the Wozzek orchestra. That evening was truly amazing, as I have been a Berg/Schoenberg/Webern fan for years. I took two of my kids ( 15 and 17). They were fascinated, as they’d heard this ‘sort of thing’ before. We were sitting close to the front and I was transfixed !
    I’m the guy who was a Remington student, who lives a few doors down from Bob.

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