Gordon Cherry was born in Toronto Canada. Taking up the Trombone at age 11 he quickly progressed and performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada from 1964-1967. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone performance having studied with the legendary teacher Emory Remington. Some of his other important teachers were, Edwin Anderson, Donald Knaub, Henry C. Smith III and Eugene Watts. Gordon was also greatly inspired by the playing of Gordon Pulis, Ralph Sauer and Denis Wick.

After performing with the National Arts Center Orchestra for 4 seasons he won the position of Principal Trombone in the Vancouver Symphony, a position he held for 35 seasons, till 2009. Gordon taught for 33 seasons at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music. As well, he performed for 34 seasons with the C.B.C. Radio Orchestra. In the summers he has taught at numerous festivals, the present one being PRISMA in the town of Powell River BC.

Gordon is currently runs Cherry Classics Music, a brass music publisher & distributor. He also enjoys performing solo recitals with his wife Joyce a Pianist, travelling, cooking, gardening and being a Grandpa.

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