The Maple Leaf Brass Band is a diverse group, ranging in age from 14 to 80. We have members who are truck drivers, computer programmers, teachers, small business owners, martial arts instructors, government workers, students and professional musicians. The one thing we have in common, from the director on down, is that we all contribute our time and skill purely for the love of music.
Most of our members live in Ottawa-Gatineau, but some of our members travel greater distances for rehearsals and concerts.
If you’re interested in joining the band or coming to a rehearsal, please contact our band manager:
David Druce tel: (613) 984-2819.
|Musical Director:||David Druce|
|Assist. Director:||Gabriel Major-Marothy|
|Soprano||Kris Richardson, (Kazimier Samujlo), (Barbara Hunter)|
|Solo Cornet:||Ian Carpenter, Glen MacDonald, Joseph Margulis, (Sid Arnold)|
|2nd Cornet:||Jack van der Meer, Louis Campeau, William Hodgins|
|3rd Cornet:||Brian Nichol, Lawrence Jones|
|Flugel horn:||Ken Iles|
|Solo Eb Horn:||Marilyn Berube|
|1st Eb Horn:||Keith McGuire|
|2nd Eb Horn:||Eric Dean|
|Baritone :||Brian Calvert, Sarah Carpenter|
|Trombone:||Janice LaRose, Jim Gayfer|
|Bass Trombone:||Murray Cuthbert|
|Euphoniums:||Dean Tronsgard, Nicholas Reilly,Carl Merkel|
|Bass, Eb:||Harold Floysvik, Steve Guerin|
|Bass, Bb:||Adrian Albon, Dave Woycheshin, Chris Thiessen|
|Percussion:||James McKenzie, (Graham Lindsey)|
|Executive:||Adrian Albon, President/Treasurer;
David Druce, Vice-President/Music director;
Carl Merkel, Secretary
David Druce, MMM, CD – director
David Druce is the founding director of the Maple Leaf Brass Band. At the age of fourteen, he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London England where he studied trumpet and viola. In 1966, he joined the Band of the Welsh Guards and served for 24 years as one of the solo cornetists and leader of the dance band. He has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and played in most of the major concert halls in England and Wales and toured the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Belgium. In June of 2001, he was named a Member of the Order of Military Merit. Dave is currently enjoying retirement but has previously served as the Bandmaster of Ceremonial Guard, the Band Sergeant Major for Canada’s Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards. [top]
Gabriel Major-Marothy – Assistant Director, solo cornet, composer and arranger
Gabriel Major-Marothy is a busy young composer, arranger and cornetist. Born in Ottawa, he recently received a Master’s degree in music composition from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied with Dr Peter-Paul Koprowski and Dr David Myska. Prior to studying in London, he completed studies at the University of Ottawa with Steven Gellman and Dr John Armstrong, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree Magna Cum Laude, and at Carleton University (with the late Patrick Cardy). He was the First Prize recipient at both Hannaford Street Silver Band March Writing Competitions, in 2001 with Mischievous Spirit, and in 2004 with the March of the Plumbers, and also the inaugural University of Regina New Composition Competition with his Variations op 23 for concert band. He has had works performed in Canada and the United States at various music festivals including the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championships, the Festival of Brass in Toronto, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. As a performing musician, Gabriel currently keeps busy playing cornet for the Maple Leaf Brass Band (David Druce, MMM).