Shashi Ramu celebrates his 33rd year of playing the trombone in 2019!
A graduate of the Fort Richmond Collegiate Band Program (Winnipeg), and the University of Manitoba Music Education program, with years spent at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) – Shashi has learned from some of the best teachers in the business including;
– Terry Cravens (Bass Trombone/Pasadena Philharmonic and Former Head of Winds and Brass Studies at USC),
– John Miller (former Bass trombonist, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra),
– John Helmer (former Principal Trombone, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), and
– The legendary Late Bill Watrous (Jazz Trombone,
USC and world-renowned performer and recording artist)
In addition to holding the section leader chairs with both the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra and the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, Shashi was an on-call sub for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 2000, Shashi established Winnipeg’s Bag of Bones Quartet alongside Gordon Wolfe, who is now Principal Trombonist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Shashi has recorded for motion picture and television through Alliance Atlantis, and has performed with both the Counterpoint Orchestra and Brassfully Yours while in Toronto over the last 18 years.
Currently Shashi performs with the Festival Wind Orchestra in Toronto and maintains an exclusive studio of 5 secondary level students, all based in the Halton region. Additionally Shashi does clinician and sectional work for a number of secondary/senior performing ensembles around the GTA and Winnipeg, MB.
He has devoted his life to supporting music education – both instrumental music teachers and their students. From 2000- 2009, between Winnipeg and his current home, Toronto, Shashi served as Education Department Manager, Store Manager, Product Consultant, and Instrumental Music Buyer for Long and McQuade Music.
In 2011, Shashi joined the Board of Directors of the Ontario Strings
Association, where he currently serves as past Chair of the OSA’s Annual Conference and is an active member of the Festival committee.
Currently Shashi is the Director of Institutional Sales and Marketing for Harknett Music in Markham, where he splits his focus between performance repertoire sales & business development, marketing, events, promotion, and outrach.