Welcome to a New Season!

2017-18 is a season of big changes and big projects. In September I’ll be starting a full-time position at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where I’ll be teaching percussion, music history, and leading a field school to Cuba. After several years working as a contract instructor at various universities in Metro Vancouver, it feels great to put down some roots, and to dedicate my time and energy to the success of KPU’s students.

Focussing on KPU has initiated two other significant shifts. After ten seasons I’ve resigned my position as Principal Percussionist of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. I’ll miss the orchestra, the city, and the many friends I’ve shared great music with over the past decade. In addition, at the end of March 2017 I resigned from the District of West Vancouver where, as its Music Program Coordinator, I had created and supervised music programs for over 250 students, and led an instructional staff of 18 teachers and three contractors. In that role I had made some of my strongest contributions to the development of arts education, and I’ll miss my colleagues who made each day so enjoyable.

To get you oriented with what’s to come, allow me to share some of the performance highlights from this past season. Perhaps the most exciting and intense event was another two-week tour to the UK with friend and colleague Owen Underhill. We gave masterclasses at Newcastle University, the University of York, the Leeds College of Music, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire (London), and the University of Edinburgh, adjudicated the Gladys Puttick competition in London, and performed contemporary music for solo percussion and percussion/piano at some spectacular venues across the country. We’re thinking of another trip in 2019, and I can’t wait to return!

Fringe Percussion presented some wonderful performances last season too. We partnered with the Bergmann Duo and the Vancouver Bach Choir for a concert at the Orpheum Theatre, performed at Vancouver’s Day of Percussion, and gave concerts at the Global Soundscapes Festival and the Vancouver Island Chamber Music Festival. These performances featured new repertoire for the ensemble, some of our most well-known and frequently-requested music, and a new collaboration with our good friend Shawn Mativetsky.

Now onto this season! Solo engagements are driving much of what I do these days, and over the next season I’ll be presenting workshops at the BCMEA conference, a recital at the Fort Gallery in Langley, a recital and masterclass as part of the Orion Series in Fine Arts at the University of Victoria, and a residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Plans are also in the works for a solo set at the Sonic Boom Festival in March featuring new music for percussion.

Some chamber-music projects and larger-scale endeavors are scattered throughout the year too. These include performances with Paolo Bortolussi in September and the Cascadia Reed Quintet in January as part of KPU’s Music@Midweek Series, and several performances of City Opera Vancouver’s new production, “Missing”, in November.

I invite you to check my Dates page for more information about these and other events in which I’m involved.


Daniel Tones   percussionist and educator