About Us


Bio: Our Director

Gabriel Pinto

Picture of Gabriel Pinto

Gabriel Pinto, born and raised in Hamilton Ontario, began his musical education at 14 with The Hamilton Portuguese Band as an alto saxophonist. He was a member of HPB for 10 years 5 as Principle Alto playing under the direction of, Sergio Pavao, Gary Roque and Nelson Pinheiro. After completing high school (Cathedral High School) he continued his musical studies at Mohawk College focusing on Conducting, Composition, and Saxophone.

In 2008, at age 21 he was asked to be the conductor of The Holy Spirit Marching Band of Cambridge Ont. Making him the youngest musician to become a conductor of a Portuguese band in Canada. He was there for one year after which he was asked to become the Music Director of The McMaster University Marching Band where upon the band’s trip to Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the band placed 2nd. In addition, in 2010 he became a member of The Sacred Heart of Jesus Band of Toronto (St. Helen’s Parish) as Principle Alto Saxophonist playing under Conductors Joao Soares and Miguel Domingos, he remains a member. He joined The Royal Canadian Navy in 2012 in the Cadet Instructor Cadre where he was awarded The Commanding Officer’s Commendation (HMCS Ontario) for composing a march in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Most recently, he was the Conductor and Artistic Director of F.L.B.J Band (Oakville’s Portuguese Marching Concert Band) from 2013 until 2016. He also worked with The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as Orchestra Manager/Librarian as well with The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He continues to be in high demand as a saxophonist, conductor and composer with various groups in Canada, USA and Europe.

Read about our previous directors

Community Spirit

Community Spirit

Apart from the many parades the Top Hat Marching Orchestra perform in, we also take great pride in being actively involved in important community events. The following is our ongoing and growing list of community service events:

  • Eric Ford Scholarship
  • Relay for Life - Bronte Park
  • Carpenter Hospice Auction - winner joins the band for a parade at the Sound of Music
  • Burlington Senior Centre concerts
  • Children's Wish Foundation (Air Transat) -Flight to Find Santa
  • Burlington Legion - annual concerts in honour of our veterans (Legion Week, spring and Christmas concerts)
  • Central Park, Burlington - annual Concert in the Park
  • Burlington Performing Arts Centre - Take Your Seat Program
  • Burlington Central High School - Take A Seat Campaign
  • Special Olympics 2012