CASSELS BROCK MUSIC AWARD
The Cassels Brock Music Award was established in 2002 to be presented to one exceptional underprivileged student(s) who has demonstrated through his or her dedication a commitment to his or her music studies.
Previous Winners of the Cassels Brock Music Award
Matthew Lagan, an outstanding saxophonist has studied at the Humber College Community
Music School for the past 4 years. He has received numerous awards and accolades including the
Performance Scholarship from Humber College and being named to the 2013 Conn-Selmer All
Star Big Band at Musicfest Nationals.
Ethan Tilbury, a talented bass player who has recently graduated from Humber's Bachelor of
Music Program. He has supported his academic studies through scholarships, grants and part-
time work. He will be pursuing a career as a musician.
Daniel Guerrette, a Grade 12 student at the Etobicoke School of the Arts won the Humber College
Community Music School’s Outstanding Jazz Drummer Award for 2014 and was Musicfest Canada’s
National Lou Williamson Outstanding Drummer Player (2014).
Daniel Guerrette, 17 year old, drummer, studying at the Humber College Community Music School for ten years has been the recipient of Musicfest’s 2013 Pearl Outstanding Canadian Drummer Award. He shows leadership, commitment and dedication to the groups that he performs with.
Matt Lagan, 18 year old saxophonist, studying in the Humber College Community Music School has distinguished himself as an outstanding musician by being named to the Conn-Selmer All Star Band at Musicfest nationals. He participated in combos that won gold medals at Musicfest in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Daniael Guerrette, 16 year old, drummer, studying at the Humber College Community Music School for nine years has been the recipient of the Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer Award at Musicfest Ottawa, 2010 and 2012. He is a very focused and dedicated student whose enthusiasm sets a wonderful example for his peers.
Tonia Tong, a 17 year old, pianist, currently studying under Gloria Saarinen, received the highest mark of 91 in the Province Zone Competition 2011 and also received the highest mark of 93 for her Back prelude at the Fall ORMTA competition. She is an excellent student and is enrolled in the IB program.
Issac Djan, 14 year old pianist and excels at computer music composition is currently studying at the Dixon Hall Music School.
Tonia Tong, 14 year old pianist, who was a student at the Dixon Hall Music School and is currently studying under Gloria Saarinen at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is an A student in high school and a member of their leadership council.
Dhanis Rajasejar from the Dixon Hall Music School has demonstrated a remarkable flair with the snare drums and exceptional creativity and understanding of musical computer concepts.
Na’ama McLaughlin Rock, 11 year old, pianist, currently studying at the University Settlement House for 2 1/2 years is an exceptional performer who already “digs deep into a piece to discover its essence” according to her teachers. She also transposes music by sight, a real feat for one so young.
David Wu, 15 year old pianist currently enrolled at the Regent Park School of Music. David has completed 8 grades of piano and 4 grades of theory in the past four years with first class honours in all exams. Davis plans to be a piano teacher and hopes to teach at Regent Park one day.
Cecilia Nguyen, 12 years old pianist, currently enrolled in Grade 5 piano and Grade 2 Theory is described by her teachers as a hardworking, talented and a promising performer. Her second instrument is Cello.
Irene Shao, 16 year old pianist, currently studying at the University Settlement Music and Arts School. She is working towards her ARCT in piano performance having successfully completed her grade 10 piano and Grade 5 Music History and Analysis. Irene is a committed performer whose playing has the power to communicate depth, emotion and her love of music.
Mei Ye, 12 years old, pianist, has just completed her grade 6 piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in addition to studying the viola. Her talent and dedication to her music studies has been recognized with this award.