Tony Gomes became music director of the Toronto Wind Orchestra in 1999 after completing his Master’s Conducting Degree with Glen Price at the University of Calgary. Throughout his teaching career as Chair of Music at Upper Canada College he has developed very successful music programs that have won national and international recognition. He adjudicates at Music Festivals and guest conducts various honour bands and community groups across North America. As an artist, he is actively involved in performing with various professional groups, commissioning projects and developing reading workshops of new works for wind ensembles through the Canadian Music Centre. He currently sits as a board member of the Ontario Band Association where he develops conducting workshops across Ontario with featured clinicians including Craig Kirchkoff, Paul Holcomb and Richard Blattie. As a founding member of the Canadian Wind Literature project he has a passion for the development of Canadian Wind repertory. During his nine seasons with the Toronto Wind Orchestra he has programmed a large number of Canadian wind works by Canada’s leading composers including Gary Kulesha, Phil Nimmons, Harry Freedman, Michael Colgrass, Malcolm Forsyth and John Wiezweig. He is pleased to be part of another significant work for wind ensemble with the commission for the Toronto Wind Orchestra, The Greatness of the New-Found Night by Gary Kulesha.