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Music Memory - Mark and Terry Promane

Music Memory is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, offering the "Music For Memory Project":  a program based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, by providing them with iPods containing personalized music. For more information, visit

This week's "Memory" comes from brothers Mark and Terry Promane. Mark and Terry continue in the tradition of the Heath Brothers, the Jones Brothers, and the Brecker Brothers.  These two award-winning musical brothers have carved out successful careers as performing artists and educators.  Mark heads the Woodwind Department at Humber College and Terry is the head of the Jazz Studies Department at University of Toronto.

Mark: “There was always music in our home in North Bay - whether it was my Mom encouraging the three kids to practice piano, or my Dad playing piano in his Errol Garner style on Sunday mornings or in the evenings after dinner.  Dad would often bring home records to play on his new "Quadraphonic" sound system. One day when my brother Terry and I were in our early teens, soon after we had started on the saxophone and trombone, Dad brought home a new record by "Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass"!  Wow!  This sounded amazing, and for me the sound of Moe Koffman and Eugene Amaro was truly inspiring!  My parents, the musical environment they provided, and those Toronto guys really sparked my interest in the music that I love...

Terry: “I'll echo those exact sentiments (well stated, my Brothah) and conclude with, ‘and became hugely successful and rich beyond our wildest dreams …“

(* End note:  Both Mark and Terry would eventually go on to perform with Rob McConnell!!)

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