single artist

Duo Percussion

11_duop_closeup_leaning1

“Duo Percussion was remarkable, not only for their precision, but for their nuance and energy that added colour and sparkle to a challenging score!” Gerald Neufeld, Guelph Chamber Choir

“It was a marvellous concert – creative, inventive, beautifully performed, full of energy and delight. I’d recommend them wholeheartedly – they’ll thrill any audience!” Paul Knowles, Executive Director, New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts

“Duo Percussion mesmerizes their audiences with their talent, synchronicity and unique blend of sounds and rhythms.” Janet Hereema, South Huron Community Choir

“Duo received a standing ovation for their wonderful performance that showcased their versatility… They were the highlight of our conference!” Sharon Fitzsimmins, OMEA Conference Chair

Nominated in 2014 for “Best Percussion Ensemble” by DRUM! Magazine, Duo Percussion is a professional percussion pairing known for their eclectic and high-energy performances. Founded by Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard, Duo Percussion is dedicated to expanding the percussion duo repertoire and attracting new audiences. Having commissioned a number of works by Canadian composers, they are committed to musical excellence and have a passion for fostering creativity.

Recognized for their educational work, Duo Percussion has also performed and given workshops for numerous schools and community groups across Ontario. The duo also performs in concert halls both in Canada and internationally. They have performed at both MusicFest Canada and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association Annual Conference.

Duo Percussion is proud to be endorsed by Pearl/Adams Drums and Concert Percussion as well as Dream Cymbals and Gongs.

Dave Robilliard

15_duop_dave_fun1

A sought after percussionist, Dave Robilliard earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Western Ontario and continued to complete his Master of Music in Performance at Oklahoma City University. Upon completion of his Masters degree, he became a member of both the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Enid Symphony Orchestra.

An active performer, Dave is Principal Percussionist with the International Symphony Orchestra and often appears with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, the Jeans ‘n’ Classics Rock Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Dave has also performed as a theatre musician in the Grand Theatre of London’s production of Dreamgirls, as well as multiple productions with Theatre Woodstock.

As an educator, Dave has served on faculty at both the University of Windsor and Western University Canada. He directs the national award-winning South Huron District High School Percussion Ensemble and is in high demand as a clinician in Southwestern Ontario. Dave is on faculty at the National Music Camp of Canada and Southampton Summer Music. He also maintains a private studio in both Exeter and Sarnia.

Brennan Connolly

19_duop_brennan_fun11

Award-winning percussionist and educator, Brennan Connolly holds a Master of Music degree in Performance from Oklahoma City University as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Western Ontario.

As an orchestral musician, Brennan performs regularly with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and Jeans ’n’ Classics Rock Symphony. He has also appeared with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Brennan is also an active theatre musician having appeared both onstage and as a pit musician at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He has also played numerous other community theatre shows with Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Woodstock, Theatre Ancaster and Theatre Norfolk. An active educator, Brennan is on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University where he directs the Percussion Ensemble. He is also on faculty at the Inter-Provincial Music Camp, Southampton Summer Music and is in demand as a clinician in Southwestern Ontario. He maintains a private studio in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Videos