Erin

Alto Saxophone

Erin remembers listening to the album Gypsy Passion at 2 years of age which inspired her love of music and especially the violin.  It also inspired a 10 year tug of war with her mom who insisted Erin learn piano first.  After restarting and quitting piano on numerous occasions, Erin prevailed at the ripe old age of 12, started violin lessons, and got a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Calgary in Violin performance!  In between that time, she also played a variety of brass instruments throughout jr. and high school band classes starting with the euphonium, and then moving onto reeds (bari, alto, and soprano sax.)  After realizing she loved the playing, not the performing, Erin got her education degree, became a music teacher, and has taught elementary, jr. high, and high school music.  In addition to playing with a string trio, the KOCR reserve band, and Wednesday night big band etc. she played in the Calgary Civic orchestra with her husband who got his degree as a classical bassoonist!  When she became a stay at home mom to have her 2 children, she was surprised to realize how much she loved singing – so she took up guitar, ukelele and accordian to accompany herself.  Now that her husband has taken up stand up base in the last few years, jazz is more of a staple when they play together, and so she picked up the alto sax again.  Erin joined Little Brown Jug Brass to tackle that pesky performance anxiety, challenge herself to play in different styles, and to have the opportunity to arrange and write music going forward.  Her decision has absolutely nothing to do with the fun or the people.  Nope.  None at all.

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