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John Capon


JOHN CAPON (bass trombonist, tuba-player) began his career as a bass trombonist in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1960, and for the next seven years, worked in settings both classical and contemporary, including playing with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Fraser McPherson Orchestra, the Bobby Hales Orchestra, and for a variety of CBC shows under leader Dave Robbins.

He relocated to Toronto in 1967 after achieving a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of British Columbia. In Toronto, his busy bass trombone career picked up where it left off, with Capon becoming a frequent feature player in television commercials, film score recordings, as a member of The National Ballet Orchestra, and Phil Nimmons’ stellar Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six.

He has been back on the West Coast (Gabriola Island) since 1986, enjoying second careers as a choir conductor, actor, teacher, and arts administrator.

During his time in Toronto, John Capon played in three separate “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concerts: with Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six on March 7, 1977, as part of the Trombone Workshop Octet on March 20, 1978, and in The Brass Connection on December 14, 1981.