Saxophonist, Conductor, Clinician, Adjudicator
BRUCE REDSTONE was conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, and on the Dean’s List of Scholars, from Central Washington University. He received the degree of Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Toronto, where he received the mark of A+ for one of the required recitals. He has had advanced level master class and/or private instruction from Eugene Rousseau, Frederick Hemke, and Pat Labarbara. As a saxophonist, he has performed with the Mississauga Symphony, North York Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, and Oshawa Durham orchestras, and is a member of the Toronto Wind Orchestra, which performed to a sold out audience at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He has performed in recitals in Canada, U.S.A., and Britain. As a jazz soloist he has performed in the Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival and Calgary International Jazz Festival, the latter where his group opened for the legendary Sun Ra; as well as performing in many local clubs and venues. He is a featured soloist on the c.d.’s “Out In Front” by The Larry Bond Quartet, “Walkin’ Easy”, by The Don Bowes Big Band, "Tornado Magico" by Eduardo Lis and Latino Jazz Project, “Afterward” with George Thurgood, and the eponymously titled "The Kalais Trio". He has performed extensively and done workshops in contemporary/classical music as a member of the Kalais Trio, with Jamie Thompson, flute, and Petris Zarins, piano, and is a current member of the Larry Bond Quartet, maintaining an active performing schedule.
As an educator, Bruce directed ensembles at the Royal Conservatory of Music from 1994 to 2009, taught for five years at the University of Lethbridge, three years at George Brown College, one year at York University, and for nine years was a high school music director. He has twice been the conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble at the Independent Schools Music Festival at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. He has been an instructor at music camps for the Toronto Board Of Education (1992-98, 2000-01), the University of Lethbridge, and CAMMAC Ontario Summer Music Centre, for which he was Music Director in 1998, 1999, and 2004. He has adjudicated for the University of Toronto; at numerous music festivals, including Musicfest London (2015), North York Music Festival (2015), Contemporary Showcase (2015), Windsor, Peel, St. Thomas, Timmons, Ontario Place, and Canada's Wonderland, the latter of which is one of the largest in North America. He regularly travels throughout Canada as a senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and was a representative on the Council of Examiners from 2006 to 2009.
Bruce was on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1991 to 2009, teaching saxophone and conducting ensembles, and was the chairman of the Department of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion from 1998-2001. He has been responsible for creating and/or implementing several new programs at the RCM, including the Jazz Ensemble, History of Jazz, and Small Ensembles programs, and has served on numerous committees, including Academic Council and Executive of the Faculty Association. He works as a free-lance saxophonist, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator, as well as professional photographer.