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Mr. John William Noel Palmer

John is the conductor of BrassWerks, Orchestra Kingston, and 13! (string ensemble). He is bass trombonist of the Kingston Symphony and trombone in the Kingston Brass Quintet. His original compositions include works for Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Bands, Brass Ensembles, and solo instruments.

John adjudicates at festivals and teaches low brass, and theory/harmony at home, at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, at the Queen's Conservatory of Music and at National Music Camp of Canada.

He studied composition with David Keane, Graham George, F.R.C. Clarke, Clifford Crawley, Istvan Anhalt and Arthur Frackenpohl....but began composing seriously only when he retired from teaching high school.

John has won the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop composition competition 6 times. His brass arrangements and compositions are published by Solid Brass Music Inc. , and flute choir works by Nourse Wind Publications. 2 of his major flute ensemble works have been performed at the National Flute Association and recorded by the Columbia Flute Choir and a recent composition of Latin Dances - Flautista has won the NFA newly published music award for 2012.

His original compositions and arrangements have been performed by Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, Brass Bands, Flute Choirs and Chamber Ensembles across North America. Many of his orchestral works have been composed specifically for Community Orchestras.

One of the highlights of his life was studying Martial Arts with his son Jim. They both hold a Nidan ranking in Karate.


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