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John Kowalchuk
It should be obvious to most of you by now that I am, among other things, a horn player. I picked up the horn in 1972 at the age of 12 in the eighth grade. Though this was not my first musical endeavour. With a good Ukrainian name like Kowalchuk, I started my musical education at an early age taking accordian lessons when I was in elementary school. I never progressed to the polka band stage, but at least I learned to read music.

I haven't quit the horn since, playing in all the bands and orchestras through high school (Including the dance band). Also during high school I played in the local Militia band as well as the community pops orchestra. Add to this every musical theatre production in town and I was a very busy young horn player.

1974 Camelot, Oshawa Little Theatre
1976 Li'l Abner, O'Neil Collegiate
1976-78 Ontario Regiment, Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. Band and squadron, Corporal, 1st horn.
1976 Militia Summer Music Course. Advanced standing.
1976 Sound of Music, Oshawa Little Theatre
1977-79 Oshawa Civic Band. Alto (Tenor) horn.
1977-81 Musikids/Musikats, 1st horn, concert and stage bands.
1978 Vagabond King, Whitby Choral Society
1978 Dr. F. J. Donevan C.I. , Oshawa, Ontario. Secondary School Honour Graduation Diploma
1979 Pirates of Penzance, Whitby Choral Society
1979 Henry Street High School, Whitby, Ontario
1979-82 Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology
1980-84 Esprit de Cor Singers, Director
1982-88 Member of Toronto Musicians' Association
1982 Studio recording, Master's Workshop
1982-83 Telep Piano Works. Piano tuner / technician
1983-Present Self-employed piano tuner/technician
1983-85 Metropolitan Toronto Concert Band, horn/drum major
1984-85 411 Air Reserve Squadron Band, horn/drum major
1984-86 Oakville Concert Band
1985 Mikado, Brampton Choral Society
1985-86 Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. Music performance program
1985-87 National Concert Band of Canada
1987-88 Bram Smith Concert Band
1986 Pirates of Penzance, Brampton Choral Society
1990-2008 Pickering Concert Band, 1st horn
1991-93 York University Concert Band, Horn coach and assistant to conductor Bram Smith
1992-08 Pickering Concert Band, Assistant Conductor
1996 Conducting Workshop with Donald Hunsberger, Upper Canada College, Toronto, ON
1995-04 Quintic Brass, Brass Quintet
1996-2010 Ajax-Pickering Community Orchestra (Durham Chamber Orchestra)
1997-2000 (GTA) Toronto Teachers' Wind Ensemble
1997-2018 Member of International Horn Society
1997 International Horn Society Workshop 29 Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York
1998 International Horn Society Workshop 30 Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, Alberta
1998-02 Clarington Concert Band
1999 International Horn Society Workshop 31 University of Georgia, Athens
2000 Anne of Green Gables, Scarborough Music Theatre
2001 International Horn Society Workshop 33 University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo
2001-2012 International Horn Society Canadian Coordinator
2002 Organiser/Host Toronto Horn Day at the University of Toronto
2003 CD Canadian Landscape, City of Brampton Concert Band
2003-05 151 Chadburn Sqn, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Band instructor
2003 Regent of The Geyer Guild
2003 International Horn Society Workshop 35 Indiana University, Bloomington
2003 Oliver! Scarborough Music Theatre
2004 CD Producer Sounds of Summer, Markham Concert Band
2005-08 2 VandenBos Sqn, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, founding Band Officer
2005-Present Band Instrument Repair Technician
2005 International Horn Society Workshop 37 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
2008-pres Concert Band of Cobourg
2008 International Horn Society Workshop 40 Denver University, Colorado
2008-2012 244 Harwood, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Band instructor
2009 Camelot. Onstage Uxbridge
2009 Camelot. Victorian Operetta Society, Cobourg
2009 Enrolled Cadet Instructor Cadre, Canadian Armed Forces
2010 Natural Trumpet Building Workshop, University of Indiana, Bloomington
2013 International Horn Society Workshop 41 University of Memphis TN
2014 Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, Platoon Commander Advanced Musician Course
2015 Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, Music Instructor, Instrument Maintenance and Repair
2016 Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, Music Instructor, Instrument Maintenance and Repair
2017 Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, Military Band Courses, 2nd in Command
2018 Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, Music Instructor, Instrument Maintenance and Repair
2019 Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, Music Instructor, Instrument Maintenance and Repair
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