Sylvain Gagnon began on the Alto Horn at age 10, learned the Euphonium at age 13, the trombone a year later, the bass at 16 and joined the 62nd Field Artillery Regimental Band at age 17. He is now Music Director of the Communications and Electronics Vimy Band at Canadian Forces Base Kingston and former Band Master at the Royal Military College of Canada. Very active as a freelance musician, he is Principal Tuba with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and teaches low brass at Queen’s University. Sylvain is co-leader and music director of Kingston’s newly formed Big Phat Horn Band. He played trombone with Jeff Healey, has toured the US with Mel Perkins and the Percolators Blues Band (Chicago) and even played at the famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich. He also played with the Victoria Symphony, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Penguins on Broadway, the Calgary Philharmonic, Kelly Jay (Crow Bar), Symphony Nova-Scotia Brass Quintet and Country Legend Wilf Carter. Sylvain’s Brass Quintet, The Cataraqui Brass, was featured last June at the 10th anniversary of the Juno Beach Centre and D-Day commemoration ceremony in Courseulles-sur-mer, Normandy, France.