Toronto-based trumpeter Dylan Rook Maddix is quickly building a reputation as a performer, teacher, and conductor. He was a prize winner at the 2011 & 2014 National Music Festivals, and has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, the Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra, the Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, and the Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra.
His musicality and professionalism have led him to numerous programs, competitions and ensembles in Canada and the United States including the Scotia Festival of Music, Charlottetown Festival, Festivals of Music in New York City, Indian River Music Festival, and Music Fest Canada. He has worked with performing artists Aaron Hodgson, Jens Lindemann, Jeff Nelsen, Ingrid Jensen, Guy Few and most recently, the Canadian Brass.
“I first met Dylan just before he graduated (BMus) from Mount Allison University here in Sackville. I recognized immediately that this young guy was so talented. Although he is classically trained it was obvious that he enjoyed playing jazz and was very versatile. He made it look so easy! So effortless!
I went out on a limb and just asked if he might be interested in listening to some of my demos in hopes of including him on this project. He was enthusiastic. A week later we were in Ray’s studio. Dylan gave us wonderful tracks. He really ‘got’ the songs and his contributions were thoughtful and exciting. He and Ray worked well together and it was a neat experience for me to just stand back and watch two pros work out all the intricacies. The trumpet can have such a human-like voice and I really loved exploring the play between the vocal lines and the trumpet lines.
Dylan is now in Toronto studying at the University of Toronto working towards his Masters of Music (Trumpet Performance). Dylan – you’re a prize! Thank you so much for everything you gave to this project. All the best to you as you continue to develop your career. I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more from you in the years to come.” – Janet Crawford
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