Trombonist and composer Ian McDougall was born in Calgary, Canada, and grew up in Victoria, leaving there in 1960 to tour in Great Britain with the John Dankworth Band. He returned to Canada in 1962 and began a lengthy career as a freelance player, composer and arranger in Vancouver, in the U.S. as lead trombone with Woody Herman’s band, and in Toronto where, until 1991, he was also the lead and solo trombonist with Rob McConnell's Grammy and JUNO award winning group, The Boss Brass. Two suites composed by Ian have been recorded by that group - The Pellet Suite and the Blue Serge Suite. Ian was also lead trombone and a frequent composer/arranger for the Brass Connection, which won the JUNO award for best jazz album in 1982. Since the early 1980’s McDougall has become even more involved in composition, and his works have been performed by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Lafayette String Quartet, the Phoenix Choir, The Ottawa 13 Strings, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others. Important compositions include Concerti for Bass Trombone, for Clarinet, and for Saxophone, the 3 Canadian Folk Songs for choir and string orchestra, the Brass Trioî, and Bells for Brass Choir. Ian now resides in Victoria, where he works both in his private studio and also at the University of Victoria, from which he retired in 2003 as Professor Emeritus. In 2004 Ian received the Distinguished Alumni award from UVic. The past decade has included tours as a soloist and with his groups, to many countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, and throughout the United States and Canada

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