B. Mus. (Humber College)
Christopher Butcher is a musician firmly established as a representative of the global music village, transcending genre and cultural predisposition, and pleasing audiences across the world. As leader of the Heavyweights Brass Band Christopher has been behind one of the brightest lights to emerge on the Canadian music scene. Combine that with his extensive experience as a sideman, work as a radio host/producer, role as an educator/community builder, Christopher Butcher illustrates a promising portrait of an influential career in music.
Christopher moved to Toronto in his late teens and quickly built a solid reputation as one of Canada’s top trombone players in the most diverse musical scene on the planet, playing in the groups of many of the country’s most prestigious artists, including Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne, Jay Douglas, and QuiQue Escamilla among countless others. On special occasions Christopher has recorded or played with some of the finest international artists like Quincy Jones, The Treme Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Ernest Ranglin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Broken Social Scene, Dubmatix, Nikki Yanofsky, David Clayton-Thomas, and Randy Bachman. In 2015 Christopher was awarded Emerging Artist of the Year at the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and continues to run Street Brass with Uma Nota Culture, a community based ensemble that teaches and performs brass band music of the Americas.
Get to know Chris…Beyond the Bio!
Hobbies: Food, comedy, biking and a lot of music
Musical influences: Trombone Shorty, Treme Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis
Favourite food: Red Beans and Rice
Least favourite food: Any type of seafood
Favourite music: Jazz
Favourite song: So What
Favourite movie: Spaceballs
Favouirite movie music: Star Wars
Best quote from your teacher: “Play less notes”-Delfeayo Marsalis
Favourite quote: “Every great artist paints what he is”- Jackson Pollock
Favourite book: Miles
Best thing about teaching at ABC: Getting to spread a love for music and the Trombone!