Sooke trumpet player Dani Reinon is off to Montreal Saturday to play for the National Youth Band of Canada. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke musician to play for national youth band

Trumpet player Dani Reinon, 16, earns spot in Canadian music program

Sooke trumpet player Dani Reinon is off to Montreal Saturday to play for the National Youth Band of Canada.

The National Youth Band of Canada is an annual, week-long music education program that selects people ages 16-22 to come and rehearse for four days under a renowned Canadian conductor, and then perform four concerts at the end.

The project has been hosted annually since 1994, and is provided by the Canadian Band Association.

Reinon, 16, is a Grade 11 student at EMCS and came to Sooke last fall from Spain to study for a year abroad. He began learning how to play the trumpet when he was eight years old.

“I wanted to learn the trumpet because it stuck out to me. It has such a distinct sound, which I really like,” explained Reinon.

EMCS music teacher, Laurel Parliament, said Reinon “has been very involved” in Sooke’s music scene, performing with the Victoria Concert Band, the EMCS Concert Band and at local events like the Remembrance Day Service at the Legion, the EMCS Open House.

“He also volunteers with the Victoria Symphony and takes lessons with Ryan Cole,” said Parliament. “On top of it all, Dani also teaches trumpet lessons to his fellow students, helps arrange and transpose music for the EMCS band, and is probably one of the most dedicated musicians I have ever taught.”

Reinon decided to audition for the Youth Band of Canada program in November after Parliament suggested it to him, but had no expectations on being selected.

“There are only six trumpet players in all of Canada that are chosen,” said Reinon.

Not only was Reinon chosen, he was selected first-over-all out of the trumpet players, meaning he will likely get to play solos during the performances.

He has been preparing to go to Montreal for the last two months by learning all twelve songs the band will be rehearsing, and practicing for approximately two hours every day.

“I can’t wait. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited to meet and perform with people who are so dedicated and passionate about music,” said Reinon. “This is my first sort of professional experience, so it’s going to be very cool.”

Just Posted

Friends, family remember Dan Sealey, stepson of Minister of Agriculture, in private gathering

Lana Popham confirmed Sealey died of an accidental drug overdose earlier this month at age 23

PHOTOS: Uptown lights up the holiday season

Annual event drew crowd of all ages for parade and Christmas tree lighting

New figures show City of Victoria spent $30,000 to remove Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Man arrested in Colwood sentenced for trafficking fentanyl

The man was arrested in February and has been sentenced to three years imprisonment

West Shore youth looking to give back this Christmas

Chase Doucette will hand out bags of warm apparel to the homeless

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Most Read