Photo courtesy of the London Free Press archives.

By Indulge Magazine, January 21,

No doubt a trumpet is going to play a Last Post for Brian Gillis. The local trumpet-playing busker, most known for playing in front of the Budweiser Gardens before London Knights’ games, lost a long battle with cancer over this past weekend.

Local papers have provided detailed coverage on his life and how he added a note of interest to downtown London culture over the years. His short renditions of the theme from “The Godfather” and a few other prominently-played songs became well known throughout the region. He will be missed.

Popular Downtown London Busker Brian Grills Loses Cancer Fight at Age 62
By Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press, Monday, January 21, 2013
Brian Grills brought class to downtown London.
Often sporting a tuxedo, Grills could be found most days playing his trumpet on the southeast corner of Richmond and Dundas streets or outside Budweiser Gardens.
Grills’ trumpet fell silent after 18 years of contributing to ­London’s downtown soundtrack when the popular busker lost his battle with cancer Saturday at age 62.
Often playing five hours a day, five days a week, the rhythmic rumbling of Grills’ trumpet — a gift from his father in 1964 — blended with the noise of buses coming and going, feet pounding the pavement and conversations.
Read the entire story in the London Free Press.

Beloved Downtown London Busker Loses Battle with Cancer
By Angela Mullins, Metro London, January 20, 2013
There was a heavy silence Sunday as people flooded into a basketball game at Budweiser Gardens.
Trumpeter Brian Grills — a staple outside the venue — was no longer there.
Grills, 62, died Saturday morning after being diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago. His last serenade was a couple of weeks ago, greeting fellow London Knights’ fans.
“He loved hockey, especially the London Knights,” friend Jerry Goris said. “He loved the London Knights.”
Read the entire story in Metro News London.



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