Local Student Wins Solo Competition

Fourteen-year old alto saxophone player Daniel Hunter is the winner of the 2013 Salt Spring Concert Band Solo Competition and will be guest soloist in the upcoming SSCB concert ‘Music for the Heart and Soul’ on April 27th.

Daniel is a Grade 9 student at GISS, and also a member of the Gulf Island School of Performing Arts. Playing alto sax since the age of eight, Daniel developed his musical skills under the guidance of Wendy Milton of Island Winds Studio. Bruce Smith is currently his music teacher at GISS and his mentor with GISPA.

Daniel is a multi-talented student who also plays guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums. He is a singer and composer, and regularly plays in the Salt Spring Concert Band, the Swing Shift Big Band, and in his own alternative rock group ‘ The Resistance.’ The group recently released a CD ‘Dive’, and Daniel has also released a short album of electronic music.

For his solo in the concert, Daniel will be playing the jazz classic ‘Harlem Nocturne’ by Earle Hagen.

Daniel plans a career ‘playing as much music as possible’. In this, he is following in the footsteps of his parents, both of whom are professional musicians and trumpet players. His mother, Dawn Hage, is Music Director of the Salt Spring Concert Band, and his father Murray Hunter is Music Director of Swing Shift Big Band.

‘Music for the Heart and Soul’ is an evening of storytelling without words, and features music that will evoke deep emotion, describing courage, survival, heroism, love and loss. It takes place on Saturday, April 27th, 7:30 pm at ArtSpring. One night only and not-to-be-missed.


April 8, 2013 8:15 AM