Ross Brownlee

Ross Brownlee

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Ross Brownlee is very fortunate to make music! Since a very young age, he has had the privilege of singing in choirs, playing piano and finally learning his major instruments, the modern and Renaissance trombones. Ross studied at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, moved to Chicago to attend Northern Illinois University, then finished his studies at McGill University in Montréal, Quebec. There, he performed with the McGill Cornett and Sackbut ensemble, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble,  and the FACE Symphony Orchestra. He also taught in Montréal public and private high schools for nine years. This is where his passion and love of teaching was seeded and took hold. Under his direction, the Westgate bands have found significant success and are very busy, regularly performing over 20 times a year in church services, concerts, tours, festivals and as guest musicians in the Winnipeg area. With the Westgate Bands and Choirs, we have travelled West to the Gulf Island in British Columbia, through the prairies, down to Chicago, Washington, New York and through Southern Ontario, Ottawa and Montreal, regularly performing and making connections with local schools and church communities. Ross has had the great joy of working on faculty at the  Amherst Early Music Festival in New England, directing the Winnipeg Chamber Choir Camerata Nova for 8 years, and now directing the Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble and teaching trombone at Canadian Mennonite University. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, singer and trombone performer in Manitoba, and enjoys taking summer conducting workshops. He is an avid cyclist and hiker and is very excited to be getting married to his partner Heidi this year!