Junior Stars

The Junior Stars is a big band comprised of musicians ages 11 – 15.
The band consists of up to 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, and one each of piano, bass, guitar, drums and solo vocalist.

Director: Nora Nolan

Saxophones: Massimo Beraldo Cole Dermott Miki Simkins Will Semeniuk Harry Joung
Trumpets: Hamilton Sun Prem Gupta Owen Miller Noel Green
Trombones: Ray Kong Chloe Champredon Mattea Bessette
Rhythm Section: Ben O’Rourke – drums James Tang – piano Philip Luke – bass


A native of Hamilton and an HASJB alumnus, Nora holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Education from Charles Sturt University. While with the HASJB, she participated in the band’s memorable trip to and performance at the IAJE conference in New York City.

As an educator, Nora spent 10 years teaching in the Halton District School Board, where she directed numerous school ensembles and was an involved co-ordinator of Halton-wide Arts events and director of various regional/honour ensembles. Currently,

Nora teaches Instrumental Music at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, where she directs the Middle School Jazz Band and Concert Band.

Nora maintains a busy freelance schedule and has performed with multiple ensembles, including the National Academy Orchestra of Brott Music Festivals, and, since 2007, as principal trumpet with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra and the Masterworks of Oakville Orchestra. In addition to performing, conducting and teaching, Nora is also an avid traveler, gardener and cook, and enjoys spending her time with her energetic twin boys!

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