The Soloists

Robert Venables (Cornet)
Robert Venables, the band’s principal cornet, is a professional freelance trumpeter who performs with a wide range of ensembles, including: True North Brass, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Intrada Brass, Ontario Philharmonic, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Concert Orchestra, and Toronto Esprit Orchestra. As a soloist, he has travelled throughout North America, Europe, and England performing with such bands as the International Staff Band, the Canadian Staff Band, the Southern Territorial Band, and Earlscourt Citadel Band. While his solo recording, Exaltation, with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band is one of the highlights of his musical career; his true joy is the fact that all six of his children serve in the NYTB. Robert is also the Beginner Band leader and Songster Leader at North York Temple.

Barrington Venables (Trombone)
Barrington Venables has served as a member of the North York Temple Band since 2000. Joining the band initially as a member of the cornet section, he moved to the trombone section in 2004 to become principal trombone. Barrington is a Canadian Staff Band alumnus, having joined the band with his brother Brindley in 2006 before leaving to pursue his education in the United States. Barrington transferred from Messiah College to the University of Toronto in 2010, where he completed his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance degree in 2012. As well as being an active freelance trombonist in the Greater Toronto Area, he is currently a member of I Tromboni, an innovative chamber ensemble known as the Team Canada of Trombones.

Michael Hetherington (Euphonium)
Mike Hetherington began his musical career at a young age while his parents were Salvation Army officers at Winnipeg Citadel in Western Canada. Upon their transfer to the Toronto area, Mike pursued his musical studies with local Salvationist Bill Way and over the years has had the opportunity to perform with several local ensembles including the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Canadian Staff Band, Intrada Brass, and the Toronto Wind Orchestra. Mike completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario where he was a guest performer with the UWO Wind Ensemble. Outside of school, Mike soldiered at London Citadel and was also a member of London Citadel Band. He has been a member of the NYTB euphonium section since 2001.