If you were a child or the parent of a child back in the 1980s and 90s, the theme song of Sharon, Lois and Bram's The Elephant Show would be seared into your conscious. The man responsible for playing the tuba in the song, and the "voice" of Elephant is none other than Scott Irvine.
While Irvine contributed to a lot of happy memories amongst today's young adults, he has had many other notable achievements in music. Since 1984, Irvine has been Principal Tuba of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and he holds the same position with the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto. He is also a founding member of the True North Brass and has performed with the Hannaford Street Silver Band for many years.
Irvine grew up in Toronto and studied tuba with Charles Daellenbach at the University of Toronto. His desire to branch out musically led him to composition lessons with Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The result was a parallel career as a composer and arranger. Many of Irvine's compositions have been performed by concert bands and brass ensembles all over North America. One selection called "Aubade" became so popular, it was published in versions for string orchestras and organ, along with the original for cornet and band.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Irvine shares some of his favourite music and the stories behind his choices.
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Scott Irvine shares his favourite music on This Is My Music