Maritime Brass Quintet


The Maritime Brass Quintet brings the highest calibre chamber music to concert halls,
churches, festivals and schools across the Maritimes. The group is comprised of five of
Canada’s finest brass players: Curtis Dietz and Richard Simoneau (trumpet), Gina Patterson (horn), Dale Sorensen (trombone) and Bob Nicholson (tuba & bass trombone).
Maritime Brass Quintet members have studied throughout North America and performed or held positions with many of Canada’s leading ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. They also have experience playing in numerous smaller groups and ensembles including Foothills Brass, Northumberland Brass, the Jive Kings and the Canadian Brass.
Since forming in the spring of 2011, the Maritime Brass Quintet have maintained a busy
concert schedule and have been featured guests at many of the regions’ well-known concert series and performance venues including the Scotia Festival of Music, the Music Room, Acadia University, University of Prince Edward Island, Université de Moncton, and FirstBaptist Church, Halifax. They frequently collaborate with some of the region’s finest musicians including Paul Halley and the King’s College Choir, Nick Halley and Capella Regalis, Jeff Joudrey and the Halifax Camerata Singers, and in recital with Mark Duggan at the Scotia Festival of Music.
Recent performances include concerts with the Musique Royale Concert Series, Music at
Three Churches, Mahone Bay, collaborations with King’s Chapel Choir and Capella Regalis,and tours with Debut Atlantic. MBQ can be heard every spring performing at all of theConvocation ceremonies at Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. All MBQ members are dedicated educators as well as players, and are committed to workingwith brass players of all ages.
Curtis Dietz (trumpet)
Richard Simoneau (trumpet)
Gina Patterson (horn)
Dale Sorensen (trombone)
Bob Nicholson (tuba & bass trombone)

Maritime Brass Quintet: Debut Atlantic's Ensemble in Residence

MBQ is proud to begin touring as Debut Atlantic's Ensemble in Residence for the 2015-2016 concert season. Concert details can be found to the right.

"In October of 2012, the music students of the Université de Moncton were delighted to hear a concert of astonishingly high quality performed by the Maritime Brass quintet. The choice of repertoire was both adventurous and accessible, while the interpretation was flawless. Perfect intonation and beautiful tone colour were sustained over the entire dynamic spectrum, from the finest pianissimo gradations through to the majestic forte finale of the Ewald quintet. This group is, to my mind, the best possible medium to stimulate and enhance the level of brass playing in our region."

Dr Richard Gibson, brass ensemble coach and professor of theory and composition, Université de Moncton

"They know each other musically and get as fine a blend as you can get...

The sound of this quintet was sunny and glorious." 

STEPHEN PEDERSEN, The Chronicle Herald



Curtis Dietz


Richard Simoneau


Gina Patterson


Dale Sorensen


Bob Nicholson

(tuba & bass trombone)