Nancy Thornhill (1st Trombone) started playing trombone at an early age in a Salvation Army band and credits her love of playing to the many fine musicians who inspired her along the way. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1980 with a B. MUS and also studied trombone with Albert Devito at the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec. She lived in Dubai for 13 years where she taught music at an International School. Nancy continues to be actively involved at church, playing in the Salvation Army band and leading the choir. She enjoys teaching music from her studio and loves the way music brings people together.
Originally from Ottawa Julien is currently a trombonist with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton and serving with the Canadian Armed Forces. Julien studied music performance at the University of Ottawa, holds a Masters Degree from the University of McGill, and spent a year at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. As a performer, Julien has travelled from coast to coast playing with several of Canada’s professional orchestras including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In recent years he has travelled to London, England, to perform Public Duties at The Royal Palaces and participated in the commemoration ceremonies for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge and the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. He is an active free-lancer, composer/arranger, and clinician in the Edmonton area. He also enjoys playing in multiple community ensembles. In his spare time, you can find Julien on the ice playing hockey.