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 Curtis Perrin – Member Profile


After filling in for a few engagements, Curtis joined the Southern Winds Brass Quintet full time in the summer of 2009. He is thrilled to be joining the group and can’t wait to help them continue their great reputation of music making in Windsor.

Curtis’ musical training began at the age of 6 when he played the trumpet...for a total of 6 months. He left that to pursue the piano, and took lessons for 6 years. It wasn’t until grade 7 that Curtis began playing the trombone. After playing the first notes he knew that this was the instrument for him.

Curtis continued his trombone studies at Walkerville High School as a member of the Windsor Center for the Creative Arts (WCCA) brass class. Led by Corey Fitzpatrick and Jerilee Preston, Curtis received his first exposure to the world of brass quintet music. The brass class competed in the Kiwanis music festival every year, and in grade 10, Curtis was part of a quintet of students that advanced to the provincial competition in Hamilton. While in the WCCA program, Curtis also had the opportunity to dive into musical theatre as a member of the pit band for productions of “Les Misérables” (2003), “Oklahoma” (2004) and “A Chorus Line” (2005). He was also a member of the WCCA jazz band, and recorded a CD, “Don’t Avoid the Rhythm Section” in 2005.

Curtis is currently a Music Education major at the University of Windsor. During his time at the School of Music, he studied with Rupert Price (principal trombone, Windsor Symphony Orchestra) and currently studies with Michael Stone (bass trombone, Windsor Symphony Orchestra). He has performed with the University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and the Windsor Community Orchestra.

Curtis hopes to continue his education by going to teacher’s college, then pursuing a master’s degree in band conducting. Eventually he’d like to be a high school music teacher, but for now he’s happy to be in Windsor and continue his music making here.

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Curtis Perrin of the Southern Winds Brass Quintet