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The Maple Leaf Forever! Happy Canada Day 2020!

July 01, 2020
The Maple Leaf Forever!
The Maple Leaf Forever!

The idea for this collaboration came about through my desire to perform as a Canadian citizen on the greatest day of the year where we all come together as one and show our true colours of the Great White North … what better way to do this than with so many of my tuba colleagues from across the entire country! The Maple Leaf Forever symbolizes our history in the world; our pride, and our natural optimism for a better future.



Written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906), inspired by a large maple tree which stood on his street in front of Maple Cottage, a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto.
Because of its strongly British perspective it became unpopular amongst French Canadians, and this prevented it from ever becoming an official anthem,  and the text later revised.

CBC Radio’s Metro Morning show in Toronto ran a contest to find new lyrics for the song in 1997. The contest was won by Romanian immigrant, mathematician, and now a songwriter, actor and poet, Vladimir Radian, who came to Canada in the 1980s.

And now this version! (tuba 6tet++ plus soloist, arr. Kutz).

Lucas van Lierop (Canadian/Dutch dual citizen) is virtually joined by all my great tuba and euphonium stars from all across Canada for this project! Thank you all!


The list of names is quite impressive:

Lucas van Lierop
BC (NL) Dutch National Opera Studio Amsterdam

Bob Nicholson
PEI Freelance Trombone/Tuba

Peder MacLellan
BC  Solo tuba, Vancouver Symphony

Paul Beauchesne
BC  Solo tuba, Victoria Symphony, Professor UVic

Ellis Wean
BC  Former Solo tuba Montreal & Vancouver Symphony

Nick Atkinson
BC  Former RCMP Band and National Arts Centre Orchestra solo tuba

Tom McCaslin
AB Solo tuba, Calgary Philharmonic

Dale Sorensen
PEI  Professor of Brass UPEI, Solo trombone PEI Symphony

Greg Irvine
PEI  Solo tuba, PEI Symphony, Former Professor of Brass UPEI

Sasha Johnson
ON Solo tuba National Ballet Orchestra, Professor of Tuba Glenn Gould School of Music

Silvain Gagnon
ON Solo tuba Kingston Symphony Orchestra

Colin Traquair
ON Trombone, National Arts Centre Orchestra

Scott Whetham
AB Solo tuba, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Chuck Dallenbach
ON Founder and tuba player of the Canadian Brass

Jarrett McCourt
MB Solo tuba, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Mark Tetrault
ON Solo tuba, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Chris Lee
ON Solo tuba, National Arts Centre Orchestra, former solo tuba Winnipeg Symphony

Dave Kutz
ON (NL) Solo tuba, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest (Amsterdam), Doctor of Music-Northwestern University

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