Allan Gilliland

From Wind Repertory Project
Allan Gilliland


Allan Gilliland (b. 1965, Darvel, Scotland) is a Canadian composer, trumpet player and educator.

Gilliland emigrated to Canada in 1972. He holds a diploma in jazz studies (trumpet) from Humber College, a Bachelor of Music degree in performance and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Edinburgh. His teachers include Violet Archer, Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth, Nigel Osborne and Peter Nelson. Allan has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Edinburgh and Red Deer College, and is presently chair of the music department and head of composition at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. Gilliland has written music for many ensembles including orchestras in Edmonton, Boston, Vancouver and Winnipeg, for Pro Coro Canada, the Canadian Brass, the Tommy Banks Big Band, and the brass section of the New York Philharmonic. His works have been performed in Canada, the United States, Britain, Wales and Japan, and broadcast on BBC and CBC radio. He was appointed Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence in 1999 and his compositions have won numerous awards, including a Western Canadian Music Award in 2012 for the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia’s recording of his works, entitled O Music.

Works for Winds


  • Allan Gilliland website Accessed 29 July 2017
  • The New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia concert program, 16 July 2015 – WASBE San Jose