John Helmer

John Joined the WSO in 1983 as principal trombone. He appeared as a soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, most notably performing the Canadian premieres of Jan Sandstrom’s Motorbike concerto and Cristopher Rouse’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.
In 1996, John was invited to be principal trombone for the summer season of the Orqesta de Mineria in Mexico City, and continued this until 1998. He has also been principal trombone of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Orchestras of Vancouver and the National Arts Center in Ottawa.
John received his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of B.C. (Vancouver) in 1982 and was a student of Gordon Cherry. He attended the Aspen Music School, studying with Per Brevig, and as well was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
In 2011, John was proud to pass the baton of principal trombone to his great friend, Steven Dyer. Currently he teaches at both Brandon University and at the University of Manitoba. John is the father of four beautiful daughters.