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Charity: Victoria Symphony Splash – Band Of Heroes 2013

May 21, 2013


This month I would like to talk about the Victoria Symphony Splash: Band of Heroes event. This is a “community” sponsored event and this year marks the 24th year that this annual local event has taken place in the Inner Harbour of Victoria, British Columbia. The event this year happens on Sunday, August 4th, and it is one of the charity events that my wife, Katie, and I (click here to go to my Facebook site & click here to go to Katie’s Facebook site) feel is important to support. We love Victoria and everything it has to offer and it’s one small way we can give back to the community here.

Throughout the day of August 4th an appreciative crowd of 45,000 people will flood the Inner Harbour for sponsored activities, food, and music. Symphony Splash is the Victoria Symphony’s gift to the people of Victoria. It is a fundraiser, but as I am sure you can imagine, it is a very expensive event to produce and manage. Production and artistic costs alone are over $150,000 each year. Because of this it is imperative that the Victoria Symphony get the support of the community and local small businesses as well.

Even kayakers snuggle into the harbor to attend Victoria Symphony Splash!

Even kayakers snuggle into the harbor to attend Victoria Symphony Splash!

This year when you support the Victoria Symphony as a member of the Band of Heroes you can sponsor a musician – everyone from the conductor to the cannons that they use during the performance. Even if you don’t live in Victoria I think you can absolutely understand how supporting an event like this in your community can help to build a stronger, happier, and more homogeneous city. These are the things that create a tight family relationship in a community and it’s what every community needs!

We are sponsoring the Principal Trumpet this year which is very exciting for my wife as she was not only lead trumpet in High School but also went to the same university, McGill, that this gentleman did. It brings back great memories for her. The principal trumpet for the Victoria Symphony is a gentleman named Ryan Cole and he is new to the orchestra this 2012-2013 season.

Ryan Cole, Principal Trumpet, Victoria Symphony

Ryan Cole, Principal Trumpet, Victoria Symphony

Here is Ryan’s very impressive biography:

Ryan Cole is celebrated as one of Canada’s fastest rising young orchestral players. Recognized on the national and international level, Ryan’s recent performances include appearing as a guest soloist with the renowned Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal; appearing at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Banff, Alberta; a performance for former U.S. president, Bill Clinton; and a recording project for Editions BIM publishing. He recently completed a season as assistant principal trumpet with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra and many times with the Saskatoon Symphony.

After completing his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009, Ryan received his Master of Music degree in orchestral trumpet performance under Paul Merkelo at McGill. Ryan is a passionate soloist, orchestral musician, clinician, and teacher who is comfortable in a wide variety of styles. He strongly believes in making classical music approachable for everyone.

Ryan is also a highly skilled and popular music teacher. He is participating in several of the Victoria Symphony’s education programs this year: Master Classes, Musicians in Schools, and vsNEW young composers program. For more information about these programs, please click here.

One of the music teachers who recently enlisted Ryan to teach her class has this to say:

“Ryan Cole made an excellent mentor to my blossoming trumpet players. They really looked up to him and he provided them with many warm up activities and helped them to improve posture, position, air, and embouchure. In turn they learned to play with a wonderful full sound and with confidence! I will definitely hire him again!”  – Amber Aitchison, teacher

This is what Victoria Symphony Splash is all about – the event raises funds to provide local music students with musicians from the Victoria Symphony Orchestra who may not otherwise have access to such quality, dedicated and enthusiastic mentors! Below is great news coverage from last year’s Symphony Splash where you can really see how this affects not only the community but the young musicians and composers that are also involved.

If you would like to sign up to sponsor a musician for this great charity event you can CLICK HERE to go to the Victoria Symphony’s website or you can also call Sandy Grayson (Community Relations Coordinator) at 250-412-1977 or email her at

You can also follow the Victoria Symphony on their Facebook page by CLICKING HERE or on Twitter by CLICKING HERE.

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