September 14, 1934 – December 11, 2021
Brian Albert Gossip served in Britain with the Imperial Black Watch band as a National Serviceman, and he was trained on oboe and saxophone. In 1956 he immigrated to Canada and furthered his musical studies; eventually joining the Canadian Reserve Navy as a bandsman saxophone. In 1958 Brian was accepted for the principal saxophonist with the Royal Canadian Regiment band and was a featured soloist with the band. In 1971 he was selected in competition for bandmaster training at the Canadian Forces School of music. In 1974 Brian was posted to the Central Band of the Canadian Forces in Ottawa. He became one of the staff arrangers and began writing numerous marches for the Canadian Forces. In 1983 Brian was appointed assistant director of the Princess Patricia’s Light infantry band and wrote several outstanding arrangements for this band.
Brian retired in 1988 after serving as the Chief Warrant Officer of the Canadian Forces School of Music. He continued his association with the military as a Cadet Officer and became a very popular clinician and arranger for this organization. He has written numerous marches for band, and several have been recorded. Brian’s most outstanding marches include March St. Laurent and March Thunderbird and the March Courtenay.
Brian is survived by his son Andrew Gossip.
Brian’s whole life was dedicated to his music and the military. His lifelong career of dedication continued right to the end as a Lieutenant.
Condolences may be offered at www.telfordtoneboyd.ca
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