Meet the Band

Behind the scenes with the people who make the magic happen

We are a group of musicians with fine arts degrees, music degrees, and post-secondary music training who insist on having a fun, co-creative, collaborative environment with like-minded (and like-experienced) individuals to complement our ever-evolving lives. Little Brown Jug Brass is comprised of people who take their craft seriously, but not much else!  Having been caught up in the ‘perfectionism’ of it all, we have now chosen to focus on some of the best gifts music has provided us – camaraderie, light-heartedness, connection, and laughter.

Based on our shared history, we’re fortunately in the unique position of being able to access the mentorship of successful, talented, full-time professional musicians, while offering mentorship to younger up and coming musicians. Our baritone sax is currently in University pursuing his degree under the tutelage of someone we went to University with!

So here we are, a fun group of ex-perfectionists, some of whom may have taken ourselves a little too seriously for a little too long, coming back to our love of playing from a new perspective.  And a whole lotta great beer!

Band Members

JEVON
JEVONBAND LEADER / SOUSAPHONE
ERIN
ERINALTO SAX
ETHAN
ETHANBARITONE SAX
LUKE
LUKETRUMPET
MALCOLM
MALCOLMTROMBONE
RON
RONDRUMS
TARRA
TARRAVOCALIST

Our Name

When I was in Grade 7, I started losing interest in my music classes as playing with my peers wasn’t challenging enough for my skill level.  To pique my interest, my band director handed me a Book of brass quintet tuba parts with a cassette tape to play along with. (Yes, I am cassette tape remembering years old!)  On side A of the cassette was the full recording, and side B had the orchestra minus the tuba part so I could play along.  My favourite of these charts was an arrangement of Little Brown Jug by Irving Rosenthal.  It was similar to Glenn Miller’s arrangement, but way harder!  Since Gr. 7 I have continued to try and play this tune with very limited success as it uses the extreme high range for the tuba (I had to even read in the treble clef staff!)  After achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Music in tuba performance (yes you did read that right) and decades of practice, I’m thrilled that not only can I play the part, but I have a phenomenal group of people to play it with!

Any suggestion that our name was inspired by our rehearsal tradition of bandmates bringing new and interesting craft beer in Growlers, aka little brown jugs,  is fallacious and we will deny this unsupported rumour vehemently.

Jevon Hills – Band Leader and Founder of Little Brown Jug Brass

“I have a definition of success. For me, it’s very simple. It’s not about wealth and fame and power. It’s about how many shining eyes I have around me.”

Benjamin Zander

Our Philosophy

Much of our philosophy is founded in the works of Benjamin and Rosamund Zander, and their joint work on leadership and human potential.  The Zanders invite us all to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.

Our commitment to radiating possibility in the world begins with us coming back to the foundational things we love about music.  How it makes us feel.  How it connects us with great people. How it can continually challenge us to strive for excellence – and even more, to continually redefine what excellence is in any given moment.

We also cultivate an environment where we all can confidently explore creatively while constructively challenging each other. Within an encouraging, collaborative, co-creative space, we support each other in delving into newer aspects of our musicianship, performance, and ourselves.  In addition to laughter-filled rehearsals, former player-only musicians are now arranging, arrangers are composing, players are singing, and studio musicians are working on aspects of their live performance!  By bringing the best aspects of ourselves to this group, we are witnessing this band transcend into more than the sum of its parts!  (And let’s face it, a band that has 7 permanent members who collectively own 4 accordions – if not for parental interference, we would have had 6 – has got to be a good time!)

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