George Morrison

Commander (Ret.) Canadian Forces, B.Mus., CD.

Commander George Morrison was born in Toronto, Ontario, where he studied trumpet and piano before joining the Royal Canadian Navy as a Musician. In 1965 Commander Morrison attended the Royal Canadian Navy School of Music where he studied to become a director of Music. After his promotion to commissioned rank, he served as a training officer at the Canadian Forces School of Music in Victoria, British Columbia, as the Director of Music of the Stadacona Band of Maritime Command, as Assistant Supervisor of Music at National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa, and from 1984 until retirement in 1990, as Supervisor of Music for the Canadian Forces. He then served as the Atlantic Region Cadet Music Training Officer, responsible for cadet music in the four Atlantic Provinces until August of 2001.

During his career, Commander Morrison performed with many bands and orchestras, such as the Bolshoi Ballet, when it appeared in Wolfville, and other notable artists, including Bobby Vinton and Ann Murray. He has conducted with the Nova Scotia Tattoo, the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, the National Film Board of Canada, the Stadacona Band of Maritime Command and many other Wind ensembles in Canada and abroad.

Commander Morrison, a graduate of Dalhousie University, has adjudicated at a number of music festivals in Canada and has conducted band and brass clinics throughout Nova Scotia. He continues to conduct and play in orchestras and ensembles in support of community endeavors.

Photo by Kathy MacCulloch