John Ellis, Trumpet


A graduate of McGill University, John studied trumpet with Robert Earley and Charles Daval. His career has spanned performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Ottawa Symphony, the Kingston Symphony and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. John moved to Victoria in 1999 to take a position with the Naden Band, a Canadian Forces professional ensemble. Since his arrival to the Westcoast, he has performed with the Victoria and Vancouver Island symphonies. John has also collaborated on projects with Vancouver Island tenor Ken Lavigne, including the musician’s 2009 Carnegie Hall debut.

Hear John play:

Career highlight:
Solo for the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games.

Why trumpet?
My uncle was offering a free sax or trumpet. The trumpet was shinier.

Why brass?
Its huge dynamic range.

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