Bryce Walker is the current Music Director of the Top Hat Marching Orchestra. He
is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music with a Bachelors Degree
in Music Education.
Bryce is a long time resident of Burlington Ontario. Bryce is an instrumental music
teacher having recently retired after 31 years with the Halton District School Board.
Bryce got his start in music taking piano and theory from Keith Hopkins, music director
of Port Nelson United Church. A career trumpet player Bryce got his start with the
Burlington Teen Tour Band at the age of 9 under the direction of Elgin Corlett.
He received trumpet and music theory instruction from his mentor, Eric Ford, also
a former music director of the Teen Tour Band who penned many of the great marching
tunes still performed by the Red Coats such as "Strike Up The Band" and "The Hustle"
as well as many of the great marches performed by the THMO. The highlight of Bryce's
career was to study and perform with renowned Canadian jazzman Phil Nimmons and
his band Nimmons & Nine plus Six.
As the new music director of the Top Hats, Bryce is making his mark through his
pops oriented musical arrangements and his colourful conducting style.
Under his direction he was instrumental in the creation of the Top Hats three CD’s
“A Top Hat Christmas”, “The Top Hats Greatest Hits” and "Swinging into
well as directing and writing for the group Bryce is an active participant in the
Band’s busy parade schedule.