Since receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia in 1979, Al Guraliuk has been actively involved in Vancouver’s musical community.
He has traveled to Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Havana and Rio to further study music. For over 30 years Al was leader of Champagne, one of Vancouver’s top corporate party bands. ( He is known to remark: “Then Lady Gaga tunes started making me gag!”)
Al has been booking talent and producing shows for corporate events since Expo 86 when Vancouver hosted the World’s Fair. He is also a featured trumpet player with Latin Lounge, The Gastown Strutters Dixieland Band, The Gastby Strutters Jazz Band and The Al Guraliuk Jazz Trio, in addition to being involved with numerous other projects. As a jazz musician, Al strives to attain a balance between emotion and technique and, above all, a sound that really swings.
Al Guraliuk has been a featured jazz soloist at concerts held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and The Arts Club Theatre.
With a natural flair for showmanship and a commercial approach to music, Al is an ideal dance band leader. His dance band has performed at numerous events including The Vancouver Police Ball and the Grant Thornton International Gala which also included David Foster and Bryan Adams.
The combination of Al’s musical credentials and extensive business experience provides him with the rare trait of being both creative and organized. Al is President of Total Entertainment Network which has set new standards in the entertainment industry providing exemplary service and talent since 1986.
“Music moves me. I spend most every minute toward the goal of being a better musician with hopes I can move other people… or at least entertain them!
After over 50 years of playing the trumpet I think the key is to find continued joy in music. I have sustained my love for music by pursuing the endless quest of learning and growing as a musician. I make of point of professional development and have attended numerous workshops and master classes in addition to musical retreats at Jazz Port Townsend and a Brass Residency at The Banff Centre.
I have also attended two International Trumpet Guild Conferences ( New York/ Banff), two Jazz Educators Network Conferences ( New Orleans/San Diego). I have always enjoy the camaraderie amongst trumpet players and found these educational experiences very inspiring.”
“Ever since High School I have played professionally throughout Vancouver and developed many contacts in the entertainment industry. I have played “ The Girl From Ipanema” in Rio de Janeiro, “Carnival of Venice” in Venice, “Cubano Chant” in Havana and “Bourbon Street Parade” in New Orleans. I once sat in at a Trad Jazz club in Vienna that was located in the basement of an old church that had been converted into a retirement home for members of the Communist Party. I played “Royal Garden Blues” and other Dixie tunes with a bunch of German speaking musicians … and drank a lot of beer. After practising in the basement for 2 hours a day for over 50 years I find great joy in knowing I can go any where in the world and sit in!’
1979 Bachelor of Music – University of British Columbia
Private lessons with:
Jens Lindemann | Greg Spense |Laurie Frink | Alain Trudel | Donny Clark | Bobby Shew | Gary Guthman | Martin Berinbaum | Kenneth Hopkins
Attended master classes / workshops with the following artists:
Terrance Blanchard | Wayne Bergeron |Pete Christlieb |John Clayton | Jon Faddis | Gordon Goodwin | Mark Gould| Jeff Hamilton | Dan Haerle | David Hickman| Roger Ingram | Chris Jaudes | Clay Jenkins| Sean Jones | Larry Knopp | Ian McDougall | Malcolm McNab | Tom “Bones” Malone | Chris Martin | Adam Rapa | Jim Ross | Terrell Stafford |Lew Soloff | Marvin Stamm | Thomas Stevens | Byron Stripling | James Thompson |Allen Vizzutti | Mike Vax | | Bill Watrous | Kenny Werner | Walter White | Phil Woods
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