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I received a call back in February from Tony Duncan, a very talented Native American Flute player and hoop dancer. I had gifted Tony a Northern Spirit Flute at the World Flute Society back in 2014. He proceeded to tell me how much he loved his Northern Spirit Flute; how he liked the sound, how reliable it was and never let him down and how the tuning was so great. He said he had this peformance coming up and he wanted to play one of my flutes. The only catch was that the flute had to be in a different key than I currently made. At first I was reluctant to get involved because I knew this would take an enormous amount of time to get the tuning right. As I hesitated to respond, I asked Tony what he was performing for. He proceeded to say, "I've got this gig to play O Canada with Nelly Furtado at the NBA All Star game in Toronto in about a week and a half." The rest is history!

Nelly Furtado and Tony Duncan

 Nelly Furtado and Tony Duncan 
(Click here to see and hear Nelly Furtado sing O Canada accompanied by Tony Duncan on a Northern Spirit Flute)

Congratulations Rich! This is very exciting news! I will look for your Northern Spirit flute at the start of the game on Sunday. I had the pleasure of making a flute with you at the National Orff Conference in Halifax in 2014. I came home with the beautiful instrument and my 9 year old daughter claimed it straight away. She has been teaching herself ever since and prefers your flute over the recorder she got in music class this year. :)


I hope you continue to share your special talents. Congratulations once again! - Jessica Foote, K-5 Music Teacher, Marystown, NL -

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Tony Duncan

***Buchanan School Flute Project***

This incredible project was spearheaded by Linda Stuart and this amazing video was put together by Ashley Queen, who also wrote the beautiful music playing in the background. This is an excellent video to show your administration if you are seeking their support to implement the Flutes4Kids program in your school or to potential funders.

Buchanan School Presents
The Flute Project 


Kalani Review of the Northern Spirit Flute

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Global Television Story

Made in Saskatoon Instruments

A lot of unique things are made in Saskatoon, including traditional flutes and guitars crafted by local artists. Video journalist Eric Beck looks at how the instruments are made.


Global News Playing Eyes Closed NBA Allstar Game

A little bit of Saskatoon will be making an appearance during today's NBA All-Star game.

Indigenous North American flutist,Tony Duncan, will be playing alongside Nelly Furtado during a performance of Canada's national anthem. During the duo's rendition of O Canada, a hometown flute, made by Saskatoon's Richard Dubé, will be played by Duncan.

 The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's Jaydon Flett caught up with the man who is behind the flute played at the NBA Allstar Game

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Reporter Jayden Flett having fun making a Northern Spirit Flute during her coverage of NBA Allstar Game story.


Indigenous Saskatoon flute makes appearance at NBA All-Star game

Native American flutist playing alongside Nelly Furtado using a flute crafted in Saskatoon

CBC NewsPosted: Feb 14, 2016 1:44 PM CTLast Updated: Feb 16, 2016 7:27 AM CT

Tony Duncan, pictured with Nelly Furtado, holds the flute crafted by Saskatoon's Richard Dubé.  

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Wow! amazing flute!

I love the idea of plastic flutes. A flute I can enjoy anywhere anytime without worrying about having to baby it. I have been collecting various plastic Native american style flutes and I must comment that yours is so far superior! The tuning, dynamic range, stability of pitch, beauty and clarity of pitch are amazing. I have been totally spoiled by your Northern Spirit flute and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone as the ideal first flute and beyond as a keeper!


I am your loyal fan!

Sincerely, Liz Moore

Hello Rich,

Just wanted to confirm my order did arrive on the 18th and I've been playing it ever since. :) Thanks again for the premium product!


I'll be sure to recommend your services for anyone that's looking for a high quality and durable Native American Flute.

Thanks, Ian



"Hi there, I received my flute very quickly. I really commend you on the tone and simplicity of it. I am extremely happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. I will buy another from you whenever you make a different key. Also I am interested in trying out your drone flute sometime. Thanks so much!" - Joanne
Just received the flutes - Wow they play wonderfully!!!  I have several NAF flutes and have been playing for a long time.  Your flute plays with and sounds with the best them. What a wonderful gift you have created for everyone . . . FUZEN . . . blowing Zen. 

Thank you again and I am saving to by the kit I want to share the gift with my friends and fellow Tai Chi enthusiasts.  Great way to learn breath.

Walk in Beauty, - azchimp


Thank you for sending the flute out to me quickly.  The pitch is perfect and it's so easy to blow into.  Please email me whenever you have for sale additonal  ABS flutes in different keys.
Once again, thank you!
Be well,  - Joanne Degnan :)
"Your project flutes-for-kids rocks!" - Marina Nadir  


The flute that you so generously gave to me has been given to a very deserving at-risk teenager from a local native tribe.  I was doing an artist in residence program and this young man picked up the flute that I had been bringing with me and began to make incredible music with it.  This kid had been in a reserved shell for the entire program until he picked up that flute.  By the time he was done, another at risk teen had joined him in a duet with her singing.  Tears and joy were in full abundance.

It was immediately clear after that young man picked it up that that flute was now his.  

I just wanted to let you know that it found a deserving and permanent home.

Frank Thompson, Founder
AZ Rhythm Connection 
"I had the honor of getting a phone call, one day, from Rich Dubé of Northern Spirit Flutes. He asked me if I would help him with designing flutes, he was working on, that are made entirely from U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ABS plastic and explained to me that it was for children, so that they would be able to learn how to make and play these wonderful instruments at a very affordable price. I could tell in his voice that Rich was extremely sincere and committed to this project. Having children learn about this instrument is very important to me as well, so I told him to ask away with any questions he may have had and I would be happy to help him however I could. Rich called me several times and sent me several design ideas via E-mail to look at and discuss. He purchased a flute from me so that he could visually see how I made my wood flutes. Rich got as close as possible (molds permitting), making a very doable design. These flutes play very well and are fantastic for children to learn on. I tip my hat to Richard for staying so dedicated and for spending hours and hours of his time and using his own money to finance this project for the kids.
Rich, you are a good man with a good spirit....."
In Spirit,
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