Peter Bortolin

Peter started playing handbells in the mid 1980's with Robertson Wesley Ringers in Edmonton where he got stuck on bass bells (as with every guy!), but he really enjoyed it. With RWR, he played in church services, concerts and toured all over Alberta and even Japan (where they participated in the 2nd International Handbell Symposium) and Hong Kong. When Edmonton was selected to host the 1992 international symposium a few years later, Peter was asked to chair this event which was a huge honour. The symposium was a massive success and even made money which still lives on in the Alberta Guild's investments. Since that time, Peter has lived in several cities, played with several choirs and small ensembles, and was an active member of the Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

Peter no longer plays handbells, but is still actively involved in the music community. The trombone has always been a passion of his since he started playing it in high school. He has performed in high school bands, university orchestras, the Calgary Westwinds Community Band, and, now that he lives in Ontario, the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra and the Stratford Concert Band. Most recently, he started Dem' Bones - a trombone quintet which is a lot of fun because they experiment with all sorts of music.