Brass Kamarades Quintette de Cuivres

Meet the former members

We choose to add this page to mark the work of those who contributed to the success of Brass Kamarades and to officially thank them for their support.

Paul Defour | Michel HébertClaude Jean | Guylaine JettéAndré Lessard | Mireille Tardif

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Paul Defour - Trumpet

Paul Defour

Born in France, Paul Defour started his trumpet studies at the Conservatoire national de région de Saint Etienne (Rhône-Alpes, France) at age 14 after studying piano and music theory for four years. Three years later, he finished his musical studies with a First Medal in trumpet. He then played many ensembles (Stage Band , Concert Bands). He arrived in Québec in 1968 and started playing with the Cercle Philharmonique de Saint-Jean, and followed other groups in Montreal and the South-Shore of Montreal to come back to the Cercle Philharmonique in 1999-2000 before joining the brass quintet for whom he suggested the name of Brass Kamarades which was adopted unanimously. Once again, many thanks Paul.





Michel Hébert - Trompette

Michel HébertBorn in Iberville (QC), Michel began his trumpet studies at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Mario Charbonneau. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where he was supervised by Jacques Leconte. He then took private lessons with James Thompson (then member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra), with Robert Gibson (from McGill University) and Charles Ellison in improvisation.

Versatile musician, it is as a classical, jazz and popular music trumpet playerthat he evolves within many musical groups in metropolitan Montreal. He also joins the useful to the pleasurre by using his summer vacations to participate in advanced training courses in the United States such as the Jazz Seminar in Chicago, with the renowned professor and pedagogue Dominic Spera of the University of Indiana, and an internship in early music at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Since 2001, Michel has actively collaborated in the musical animation of several shows and concerts in the Haut-Richelieu region where he assists various ensembles. During a combo with Denis Desnoyers, to accompany a gospel choir called Voxapella, Denis then thought of Michel to replace André who has just been transferred to Québec City.

Michel jumped at the opportunity to get back in shape. His gentle giant manners combined with his mellow sound, his musicality and his sense of humor allowed him to be accepted by the group on the spot.

Michel left us at the start of 2016 for personal reasons. We miss his spontaneity during our shows.

Claude Jean - trumpet

Claude Jean

Native of St-Jean-de-Brébeuf, a now closed village since 1965 near the Baie des Chaleurs, he grew up in Marieville in the Montérégie region. Claude Jean, a self taught musician, took a few trumpet lessons. He played with the Union musicale de Marieville during numerous years before conducting the group in the 80s. He also played in a Bavarian orchestra, in a few Stage Bands, in choirs and as well in the Montreal Garrison Music. He also conducted the Cercle Philharmonique de Saint-Jean. Multi-talented, Claude Jean is a researcher in musical language structure with Michel Perrault and Jean-Claude Bélanger.

Furthermore, the Institut de recherche Pantonal Inc that disappeared due to lack of funding is now split in 2 entities, one under the Éditions Consonance, a french site and the english version under, a site that can leave a lot of people behind on the matter of musical theory.

Claude Jean is also a composer and a musical arranger. He left his footprint at Brass Kamarades, signing a good dozen of quintet arrangement, mostly latin and Christmas music. He also made an arrangement for quintet and church organ of the St-Cecile Mass which was played by Opus-Lib Brass quintet in the Eastern Township.

Guylaine JettÉ - Trumpet

Guylaine JettéA native of the Saguenay region, Guylaine began her musical career on the violin at the age of six. She studied for three years at the École de Musique de Chicoutimi and pursued them at the Conservatoire de Musique de Chicoutimi and the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec.

At thirteen, she studied the trumpet for three years under the direction of Gilbert Blais. From 1985 to 1995, she played in a stage band called Contretemps; from 1989 to 1992, she played with the Saguenay Regiment and for a Bavarian orchestra; from 1992 to 1994, she joined the Fusilliers Mont-Royal in Montreal. She also spent a few summers at the Citadelle de Québec for the Music of the Red Guard and participated as a violinist at the Carnaval du Souvenir de Chicoutimi in 1994.

A career soldier, she was transferred to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and joined the Cercle Philharmonique de Saint-Jean as a trumpet player in the fall of 2002, with the Orchestre Mélodium in January 2004, then joined our ranks in the fall of the same year to replace Claude Jean within Brass Kamarades. Her work ethic and military discipline, as well as her sense of humor, were welcomed. Guylaine had, to our great regret, left us in 2015 for personal reasons which led her to relocate to Québec Cyty.


AndrÉ Lessard - trumpet

André Lessard

Originaly from the Saguenay region, André started playing slide trombone in his 3rd year of high school and joined the music of the 634th Cadet under Mr. Robert Mclean in 1975 and switched for the trumpet.

He took private lessons with Robert Mclean for 3 years. He then was accepted at the Conservatoire de Musique de Chicoutimi under Mr Gilbert Blais. He became a member of the Harmonie du Saguenay in 1978, joined the Harmonie du régiment du Saguenay in 1980.

In 1981, André is doing music with the group Kéno Beer Band for a good 3 years. He also played for a Stage Band named Contre Point of Alma while being a student at the Alma Cegep in music from 1981 to 1983. Employed with the Canadian Armed Forces in Esquimalt (BC) in the Music School under Marty Vanderweer. In August 1984, André was mutated to the Canadian Forces Central Music in Ottawa. In June 1990, he joined the Artillery Music, in June 1992, he was promoted to conductor of the Voluntary Music at the St-Jean Garrison. In September 1998, he joined the Cercle Philharmonique de St-Jean and took the presidency of the group in 2000 to replace Denis Desnoyers who was leaving his post after 6 years.

In September 2000, with Denis Bellemare, he founded Brass Kamarades. Unfortunately, in May 2001, still employed by the Armed Forces, he was transfered to the Music of the Royal 22nd Regiment. In December of the same year, he was transfered to the Artillery Music in Edmonton. André had not said his last word in music because from 2002 to 2004, he undertook private lessons with the renowned Jens Lindemann.

In June 2005, he took a well deserved retirement form the Canadian Forces and established in Delta BC, near Vancouver. In septembre 2005, he became the musical conductor of the Delta Music Makers.

He spent his 2006 summer vacation in the Saguenay and decided to come back to his roots. So, in September 2006, he took his chair back, twenty-eight years later, as a member of the Harmonie du Saguenay.

Mireille Tardif - Trumpet

Mireille TardifFrom age 14, Mireille and the trumpet was love at first sight. It's with the Therford Mines Royal Air Cadets that she discovered music.

Her passion brings her to study at the Concervatoire de Musique de Québec as well as the Sainte-Foy CEGEP. She pursued her classical interpretation studies on trumpet at the UQÀM with Manon Lafrance and at the Université de Montréal with Jean-Louis Chatel.

Now armed with a bachelor's degree in interpretation, she continues to McGill University to obtain an artist diploma with Andrew Dunn. During those years, Mireille obtained many study grants, namely at the Domaine Forget et the Centre d'Art d'Orford. She also attended many master classes to perfect her trumpet playing.

Having many years of experience, Mireille played with many ensembles like: the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montréal under Alain Cazes, the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal as a solo trumpet under Jean-François Rivest. Furthermore, she is a professional trumpet player with the Musique edes Fusilliers Mont-Royal since 2004. She also brings her musicality into many diverse concert bands such as l'Orchestre de Jeux Video (OJV) and the Orchestre à Vents de Musique de Film (OVMF).


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