Brent Rowan; MA-CM, B. Mus., B. Math...performer, director, composer and educator of music. A Guelph based saxophonist,who also plays flute, clarinet and other woodwind instruments, Brent performsin a wide variety of musical collaborations; including 2009 and 2015 JunoNominated Eccodek, Big Bands, smalljazz combos, classical chamber groups and creative music ensembles. Brent has performed and recorded all across Canada, the UK and Germany, at music festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, Torontoand London England to name a few.
He has released two recordings of his own compositions; “It’s About Time” in 2006 and “IZ” in 2012. Brent composes and arranges music for the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble as well as for his small improvisation groups.Brent is the founding director of the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble and the New Horizons Band for Guelph. He is also the conductor of the Cambridge Concert band. In 2011 Brent became a Nobel Instruments of Canada Jazz artist performing regularly on their Baritone Saxophone.
Brent teaches woodwind and jazz improvisation techniques at his private music studio. He is also a clinician and adjudicator at music camps and festivals throughout southern Ontario, specializing in saxophone and improvisation concepts. In 2008 he received the inaugural Guelph Mercury Forty under Forty award formaking a difference in his community.
He holds a Master of Arts in Community Music, from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, from Humber College and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.