Don Rayment

Trombone Artist

Don Rayment

Don Rayment

Toronto Freelance Bass Trombonist

Instrument Specs

  • Model: B454-V
  • Bell: 1143CF
  • Slide: B-DB
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow
  • Leadpipe: B2 Brass

Artist Comments

"For most of my professional career, I have performed on an Edwards bass trombone and have always appreciated how it has felt like a natural extension of my playing. The ability to create a trombone that fits you physically as well as musically is such an important factor in being comfortable in any ensemble or musical style.

"From the very first note I was impressed with how it played with such ease and openness yet still maintaining great accuracy and control giving me a rich sound that I had never attained from any other instrument. With an Edwards trombone there are no limitations and you have the confidence that whatever the musical situation, you will have an instrument that will exceed all of your expectations."

Don Rayment has been bass trombonist of the Mississauga Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994. In the past has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Windsor Symphony, the Thunder Bay Symphony, the Niagara Symphony and Orchestra London. Currently, he maintains a busy free-lance schedule in and around the Greater Toronto Area and has performed with many local ensembles including the Toronto Wind Orchestra, the Jazz Mechanics Big Band, BrassRoots, the trombone ensemble Slide Rule and Intrada Brass as well as touring shows including Carmen and Video Games Live.

Don first began playing the trombone in the Salvation Army where he played in bands, participated in camps and in 1984 performed engagements and toured with the Canadian Staff Band. Beginning his formal studies in music at Toronto's Humber College, he continued studies at the University of Toronto with Frank Harmantas, the Royal Conservatory of Music with Murray Crewe and the Domain Forget International Music Academy in Quebec where he studied with members of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec as well as the first of many lessons with the legendary trombonist and teacher Frank Crisafulli. During this time he also travelled for private studies with other prominent trombonists from the Chicago, Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphonies.

A large part of Don's schedule is spent working with young trombone and brass students. Over the past 20 years he has been a faculty member at numerous camps, is very active giving workshops, master-classes, clinics, teaching private lessons and has adjudicated at Musicfest. He is very active in the Greater Toronto Area working with schools and music teachers to promote brass playing and encourage participation in music and band classes and 2007 he started a 5 day summer trombone camp which has since grown into the Peel Brass Summer Music Academy.

Don continues to perform and teach in the Toronto area and is busy performing workshops, giving private lessons, preparing for summer camps and will be touring and performing in August 2010.

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David Taylor has a few things happening this winter. First, he and his Calithumpians (Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliot, and Kevin Shea) will be at Roulette on December 7. This concert is presented by Interpretations and will include Dave’s Big Stories for a Small Group. Roulette is at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are musicians in this […] more ››

In Their Own Words

Darren Kramer

"The Edwards Jazz Trombone is simply the best trombone I've ever played. I am NOT an equipment junky and I am not an impulse buyer, however, I visited the Edwards booth at the 2004 IAJE and ended up buying this horn on the spot! The consistency throughout the entire range of the horn is remarkable... every note feels the same! I also enjoy the response and tone flexibility - I am able to acheive a dark, lush tone on ballads as well as a full, biting tone on Funk, Jazz and Salsa when playing with my band DKO...all with minimal effort! I highly recommend this horn to any serious trombonist."

Darren Kramer
Trombonist, Bandleader, Composer