Rising Stars Jazz Band

The Rising Stars Jazz Band is a big band comprised of musicians approximately grades 9 to 12 or ages 15 to 19. The band consists of up to 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, and one each of piano, bass, guitar, drums and solo vocalist.  The ensemble is a more advanced group for musicians looking to challenge themselves.  This ensemble is ideal for the more accomplished high school musician.

Rehearses Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Director: Nora Nolan


About the director

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 is the Director of Arts 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!