Artist Bios

Stan Elliotson, Trumpet

Stan was born and raised in Barrie. While attending Hillcrest Public School, he studied piano with Mrs. George Shaw; in high school he studied trumpet and was soloist with the Barrie Central Collegiate Band under the baton of W. A Fisher. Subsequent to receiving the Bachelor of Music (Education) and Associate of Music (Performance) at the University of Western Ontario and Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto, he taught band in schools in Toronto, Simcoe County, and Brampton. During those years, he kept up his performing, for a time as principal trumpet of the East York SO, and once as guest soloist with the Huronia SO. In addition, he played in various groups, as well as many church services and gospel concerts from BC to Newfoundland, returning home to make two recordings with James Leonard, at the wonderful Keates concert organ of Collier Street United Church.

Today, as an empty nester, Stan seeks to resume more performing, concentrating on his work as a gospel soloist, as well as orchestra, band, chamber, jazz, and dueting with son Jonathan when possible.

Over the decades, his student bands, ensembles, and soloists have garnered many first awards and scholarships in local competitions in Toronto, Kitchener, and around southern Ontario, and also at the provincial and the national levels. Several have gone on to study music at post-secondary institutions. Presently Stan teaches privately from both his home studio in Orangeville and in Kitchener.

Stan and his wife Darlene homeschooled their five children, and also have six grandchildren.

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