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"I was so inspired by the other young people I heard there in other orchestras that I thought, 'This is what I want to do,'" he said.
"That's when I decided the trumpet was for me."
"I thought, 'That's what I want to do,'" said Gardiner.
Gardiner was always into music. It just took him a little while to find the instrument that was right for him.
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"They knew a lot about orchestra playing and orchestra music."
When he was in Grade 10, the camp group attended the Banff Festival of Youth Orchestras. Gardiner was about to take another step towards his musical career.
Meeting the Gartshores resulted in Gardiner joining the Algoma Music Camp Youth Orchestra. The Gartshores founded the camp in 1966.
He returned to the conservatory, this time to study with trumpet teacher Steve Ryan. Besides having an interest in the brass instrument, Gardiner also appreciated having a teacher he was eager to learn from.
Longer lasting inspiration wasn't too far away. A few years later when he was in Grade 7 or 8, the National Arts Centre Orchestra performed a student concert in the Sault. Gardiner was impressed when he heard the overture from Rossini's William Tellopera.
Gardiner studied music at the University of Toronto. He New Balance Ladies Trainers s education with more training at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Banff School of Fine Arts.
Street Silver Band and Symphony Nova Scotia. But this Northern concert means a whole lot more.
When Gardiner learned the TSO would return to Northern Ontario in November for student and public performances, he approached principal trumpet player Andrew McCandless suggesting the pair perform a two trumpet concerto.
More connections to the Sault's music scene came at Sir James Dunn collegiate, where he was a student.
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"Steve was a really good guy to start with because he was so enthusiastic," said Gardiner.
"I think he just took that idea and went to the music director (Peter Oundjian) and said, 'I think Jim should play a concerto. It would make perfect sense to give him the concerto in his hometown,'" said Gardiner.
McCandless, a Kentucky native who has held his position since 1999, had other ideas.
"It was just so great to hear so many other young people playing at such a high level that I thought, 'Wow, this is really fun.
They were "an example of all around musicians," said Gardiner.
Now a section trumpet player with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Sault Ste. Marie native was encouraged, at a "really young" age, to study piano at Algoma Conservatory of Music.
"He was encouraging. I think that's really important when you're young. He was reliable. He was encouraging and he was a good player himself so I could hear him play."
Ed and Katherine Gartshore, long time music teachers in the city, were assisting at the school.
Here's why. In the nearly 30 years since Gardiner left the Sault to study and work, he has never been a featured soloist in a concert in his hometown. Planned recitals that could have given him that chance never panned out.
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with me and ended up snowballing to more than I expected. It's quite exciting."
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