Darryl Eaton began his career as principal trumpet and trumpet soloist with the Royal Canadian Air Force, first with the Central Band in Ottawa and later with the Air Transport Command Band in Toronto.
He also performed in a similar capacity with the Expo Band at the World’s Fair in Montreal in 1967, and he later toured with the National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the big bands of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, and Canadian jazz icon Phil Nimmons.
He was a successful freelance musician in Toronto where he performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Smokey Robinson, The Beach Boys, Paul Anka, The Supremes, and many others.
His theatre credits include A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, South Pacific, A Little Night Music, Sound of Music, The Music Man and West Side Story, and most of the popular Broadway shows travelling between 1968 and 1988.
In 1988, after a lengthy performing career, Darryl became an educator at the Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts, in the City of Brampton.
His secondary school bands and stage bands enjoyed consistently high level of achievement, rarely reaching less than MusicFest Canada’s Gold level standing. In 1994, Down Beat Magazine named Blues Alley - the senior stage band at Mayfield - the Best High School Band in North America.
Through the 2005-2006 season, Darryl was the guest conductor of the Symphonic Band at the University of Toronto. He was conductor of the Hannaford Youth Band from 2006-2011, and also conducted High Rendition, a student stage band from the Halton Region, from 2009-2012. In 1999, Darryl became conductor of the City of Brampton Concert Band, and enjoyed many wonderful band trips, recordings, and concerts until he retired in 2013.
Darryl received a degree in Composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Western Ontario.
Darryl will be deeply missed by his wife Anita McAlister, his children Bradley, Jessie, Ceilidh and David, and his grandchildren Lily, Sam and Delilah, as well as by his brothers Tim and Brian, his sister Brenda, and their families.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main St. E., Milton for memorial visitation on Friday, April 13th from 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations would be greatly appreciated to the Hannaford Youth Program www.hannafordyouth.ca or the Faculty of Music, University of Toron.