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Angus Armstrong

Angus ArmstrongAngus is a graduate of McGill University, graduating with High Distinction in trombone performance in 1979. He studied with Ted Griffith (Bass trombone - Montreal Symphony).  While in Montreal, he played with various groups, including the McGill Symphony Orchestra, McGill Wind Ensemble, Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, l'Orchestre des Jeunes du Québec, and the Montreal and Québec Symphony Orchestras, amongst others. He was also the lead trombonist of the McGill University Senior Jazz Band.

In 1981, after studying in Toronto and Chicago with Gordon Sweeney of the Toronto Symphony, and Arnold Jacobs and Frank Crisafulli, of the Chicago Symphony, Angus moved to Ottawa, accepting the post of trombonist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Band, a position he held until 1993.

Since moving to Ottawa, Angus has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He is an active member of the freelance community in and around the National Capital Region, where he plays in groups of all different musical genres.
Angus is the trombone instructor at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, as well as Professor of Trombone at Carleton University.
As well as a performer, Angus is also active as an arranger and composer, and has written and arranged music for television and radio. He has also served as adjudicator for various music festivals over the years.  

Angus has been the Musical Director of the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra, a large ensemble made up of young musicians from in and around Ottawa, since 1995.   Angus' other conducting commitments include the Parkdale Community Orchestra, and the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra.

Angus will be performing on an alto trombone, a smaller cousin of the tenor or bass trombone often seen and heard in orchestras and chamber groups. The alto trombone is pitched either a fourth or a fifth higher than the tenor and was more commonly used in the 18th and 19th centuries though it is now enjoying a revival.