Valerie Pearson, a founding member of Classy Brass on trombone and second trumpet (2015-2018). She took to piano some 70 years ago as a duck to swimming, then took up trumpet and trombone much later in life to savour the pleasures of playing with others. She has two music degrees in piano, and returned to the University of Manitoba at 42 to complete a degree in performance, while teaching school part-time. She has indulged her passion for brass music and plays in several community ensembles a week – concert bands, a dixieland band and the Murray Riddell Big Band. Her life has been enriched by the music and those performing (as well as listening). "Music is the outburst of the soul!"
Janet Driver, first trumpet (2017). She was born and raised in Montreal, started playing trumpet in high school and never stopped. With a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Dalhousie University in hand, she taught Band in the Halifax City and County School systems for five years. She then taught an additional 25 years in the St. Boniface/Louis Riel school systems. Retirement freed her up to do the things she loves – play in several musical ensembles and spend more time with her children and grandchildren. She will never forget the time she was a featured soloist on the Post Horn at the Nova Scotia International Tattoo. “The trumpet is king!”