With great sadness we honour our friend and colleague Kendall Betts, legendary hornist and teacher, who passed away from lung cancer on August 16, 2016.
Our friendship with Kendall stretches back over forty years. One of the first major orchestras to hire Canadian Brass was the Minnesota Orchestra where he was principal hornist. We always looked forward to those appearances with the MSO knowing that we would see Kendall — sharing many laughs, lots of orchestral insights, his performance attitudes and untold hours of philosophical banter!
In 2004, Kendall’s young protégé Bernhard Scully joined Canadian Brass, further strengthening our long relationship with Kendall. Bernhard has enlivened us with his memories of working with Kendall, first as a young student and then later as a performer in Kendall’s horn section.
Chuck, for Canadian Brass