A passionate group of brass musicians based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, playing some 60 concerts annually to audiences throughout eastern Ontario. The Manotick Brass Ensemble was formed in 2003 by Kazimier Samujlo and Martin Luce. The ensemble provides local brass musicians an opportunity to use their musical talents to enrich the cultural life of their community. Manotick Brass performs as a regular brass quintet with the extra players allowing flexibility to meet specific program needs. The ensemble practices every Tuesday evening at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick ON.
Meet our musicians!
Kazimier Samujlo – First Trumpet
Kazimier Samujlo has been playing trumpet since the age of 11 years. He commenced his music studies at the Poznan Lyceum of Music in Poland and subsequently graduated in 1974 with a BMus in trumpet performance from the University of Ottawa.
Following his graduation from Queens University Teachers College Kazimier entered the teaching profession in Ontario. For the next 30 years he was active as a music teacher and performer throughout Eastern Ontario. During this period he was appointed conductor of the Nepean Community Choir, the Polish Padereweski Choir and the Petawawa Legion Community Band. For 18 years Kazimier was the leader of the International Set Dance Band. He was also an active performer on trumpet with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Valley Festival Orchestra, the Pembroke Swing Band. Kazimier has performed extensively as a trumpet soloist including concerts in Poland, Russia, Germany, Italy and Cuba.
Kazimier is a founding member and first trumpet player with the Manotick Brass Ensemble. He is the Eb soprano cornet soloist with the Maple Leaf Brass Band. He is also an accomplished accordion player performing with an Ottawa based oompah band and a professional piano tuner.
Martin Luce – Trombone
Martin was a late comer to the trombone, taking up the instrument in his 40s. Since retirement he has made music his passion. Martin formed the Manotick Brass Ensemble in 2003 and acts as the ensemble’s manager. He spends many hours tracking down interesting arrangements and creating ideas to enhance the ensemble’s concerts. Martin is a regular player at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick both as a member of the worship praise team and as a soloist.
As an elementary student, Don played trumpet in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and continued in high school with the Glebe Collegiate Band. Although at university he was a business major, he took a minor in music with trumpet being his major instrument. For four years he played with the Houghton College Trumpet trio. After graduation he played for several years with the Ottawa Civic Symphony. This was followed by about 40 years when the trumpet generally remained silent until the 50th class reunion at Houghton College where the trio regrouped and performed for class mates. Since then he has continued to make playing the trumpet a part of his life.
Christine Hansen – French horn
Christine retired after 33 years as an Intermediate and primarily a High School music teacher. As Head of Department at Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Christine helped initiate and administer the specialty music portion of the successful Eastern Ontario Programme of the Arts at Canterbury. After her retirement from secondary school teaching, Christine taught Intermediate and Senior Music as a Part Time Professor in the University of Ottawa Education faculty. She continues to do workshops and clinics with Concert Bands.
Christine, an Ottawa native, obtained Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and her Master of Music Education at State University, Potsdam, New York. She is an affiliate member of C.M.E.A., O.M.E.A., C.B.D.A., O.B.A. and Phi Beta Mu.
Currently, Christine performs on French horn with the National Capital Concert Band and the Manotick Brass Ensemble in Ottawa.
Tony Crewe – trombone/tuba
Tony joined the Manotick Brass in 2008. He started his musical career on trumpet in elementary school, but quickly switched to trombone and has played with a number of military bands, community bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras since then. In addition to trombone, Tony also plays tuba.
Keigan Macdonell is an undergraduate student at Carleton University, where he is completing a B.Sc. (Honours) in neuroscience. He has been playing the French horn for seven years. In addition to playing with the Manotick Brass, Keigan also plays with the National Capital Concert Band and with the Carleton Conspiracy Pep Band on the mellophone.
Davide has been performing with the Manotick Brass since 2011. He is currently completing his Master’s in Trumpet Performance under the direction of Karen Donnelly at the University of Ottawa. Davide performs around the Ottawa region as a member of the Ceremonial Guard Band, the Governor General Foot Guard Band, and other ensembles and as a soloist.