JON CHALLONER, Trumpet
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Jon is entering his senior year at Kwalikum Secondary School in Coombs and has played in the school’s jazz bands, combos, concert and jazz choirs and brass quintet. He began playing classical trumpet at 11 and taught himself to play jazz by ear. His most powerful listening experience was hearing Clark Terry play and meeting him.
Jon has received several awards for his jazz and classical playing and twice achieved the highest mark in the country in his Canadian Conservatory Trumpet exams. He was also named best trumpeter this past year by the Vancouver Island West Coast and Surrey jazz festivals. Jon has played in his community big band as well as with Ingrid Jensen, Arnie Chykosky and other major Canadian musicians and for the last 3 years has been a member of the British Columbia Provincial Honor Jazz Band, winning Most Outstanding Trumpet Player numerous times in regional competitions.
Jon’s leads a quartet that has earned Gold standing in National competition and the band regularly plays in the community.- He is also the first call substitute for a local professional big band. Jon’s classical repertoire includes the Hummel and Haydn trumpet concerti and the Carnival of Venice and has taken him to provincial competitions.
He has been admitted into the Musicfest National Concert Band and recently performed at Musicfest Canada in Montreal. One of his goals at the Workshop is to push himself to his absolute limit.