July 17th to 21st 2023

Thursday Lunch Concert & Festival Winds Concert

Gala Concert Day! Friday Performances by all the Summer Music Groups

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July 17th to 21st 2023

Thursday Lunch Concert & Festival Winds Concert

Gala Concert Day! Friday Performances by all the Summer Music Groups

Summer Music Faculty

Summer Music Faculty

Here are some ot the amazing faculty who shared their talents and love of music with us for one wonderful week in 2022.

Main Faculty



Artistic Director - Kim Lake

Kim Lake is an alumni camper at Summer Music and currently lives in Saugeen Shores. She is presently a music teacher in the Blue Water District School Board. Kim is an accomplished violinist, holds an Honours BA (Music) from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Teaching from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.


Assistant to the Artistic Director - Lauren Helmer

Lauren  Helmer is a Director of Bands at Eastwood Collegiate Institute  in Kitchener, ON where she directs the Junior Concert Winds, and the “Soul Rebels” Jr. Jazz Band. Previously, Lauren conducted the nationally acclaimed Sr. Jazz Ensemble - the PHS Jazz Cats - and the award-winning Intermediate Concert Band at Preston High  School in Cambridge, ON. She taught at PHS from 2012-2018. She was the associate principal trombonist and 2nd trombonist of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra for 8 years before joining the Stratford Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

Lauren is an active Canadian Army  Reserve Force soldier and has been the trombone section commander of the internationally honoured Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band since 2007. Lauren spent four summers performing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, from 2007-2010. Currently,

 Lauren holds the position of Assistant Conductor of the KW Youth Concert Band. When she is not teaching, Lauren enjoys performing with local ensembles, big bands, and brass groups, just to name a few. Lauren holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Education from  Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.


Sound Technician - Bryan Mombourquette

Born and raised in Southampton, Ontario, Bryan is currently working as a technician for the Unifor Family Education Center. He is a free-lance sound technician, actively employed by local AV and production companies, including Gary Byers Sound and Lighting. Bryan has gained incredible knowledge and experience of sound by working with such groups as Walk Off The Earth, Sloan, David Usher and Rita McNeil.

Artistic Director - Kim Lake

Kim Lake is an alumni camper at Summer Music and currently lives in Saugeen Shores. She is presently a music teacher in the Blue Water District School Board. Kim is an accomplished violinist, holds an Honours BA (Music) from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Teaching from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Assistant to the Artistic Director - Lauren Helmer

Lauren  Helmer is a Director of Bands at Eastwood Collegiate Institute  in Kitchener, ON where she directs the Junior Concert Winds, and the “Soul Rebels” Jr. Jazz Band. Previously, Lauren conducted the nationally acclaimed Sr. Jazz Ensemble - the PHS Jazz Cats - and the award-winning Intermediate Concert Band at Preston High  School in Cambridge, ON. She taught at PHS from 2012-2018. She was the associate principal trombonist and 2nd trombonist of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra for 8 years before joining the Stratford Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

Lauren is an active Canadian Army  Reserve Force soldier and has been the trombone section commander of the internationally honoured Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band since 2007. Lauren spent four summers performing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, from 2007-2010. Currently,

 Lauren holds the position of Assistant Conductor of the KW Youth Concert Band. When she is not teaching, Lauren enjoys performing with local ensembles, big bands, and brass groups, just to name a few. Lauren holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Education from  Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.

Sound Technician - Bryan Mombourquette

Born and raised in Southampton, Ontario, Bryan is currently working as a technician for the Unifor Family Education Center. He is a free-lance sound technician, actively employed by local AV and production companies, including Gary Byers Sound and Lighting. Bryan has gained incredible knowledge and experience of sound by working with such groups as Walk Off The Earth, Sloan, David Usher and Rita McNeil.

Musical Theatre



 - Amie Debrone

Amie Debrone holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and has also completed musical theatre and voice programs at The Banff Centre and NYU. She has performed with Drayton Entertainment, Arcady, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, and more. Amie has a private teaching studio and works with many groups as a coach and mentor to singers, actors and dancers of all ages.


 - Angela Burns-Crowley



 - Anne Little

 - Amie Debrone

Amie Debrone holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and has also completed musical theatre and voice programs at The Banff Centre and NYU. She has performed with Drayton Entertainment, Arcady, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, and more. Amie has a private teaching studio and works with many groups as a coach and mentor to singers, actors and dancers of all ages.

 - Angela Burns-Crowley


 - Anne Little

Conductors



Festival Winds - David Leach

David Leach has been Director of Bands at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School since 2002. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education at Eastern Michigan University. He began his teaching career at Ypsilanti High School in 1988 and spent fourteen years there before coming to Ann Arbor. He was appointed Chair of the Pioneer High School Performing Arts Department in 2006, and Fine Arts Department Chair in 2013, serving in that position until 2021.

Leach sustains the long tradition of quality performance and repertoire in the Pioneer Bands. During his 19 years at Pioneer, his Concert and Jazz Bands have received consistent top ratings at district, state, and national festivals. His Symphony, Concert, and Jazz Bands have won overall festival championships at every national event entered. Leach wrote curriculum for and introduced a ninth-grade Jazz Lab, increased student numbers, and enhanced his students personal success in music with a high percentage of his graduates going on to study for careers in music education and performance. Under his baton, the Pioneer Symphony Band has performed three times at Carnegie Hall, twice at the Mid-Europe Music Conference in Schladming, Austria and performed on tour in China. In 2014 and 2016 the Pioneer Symphony was selected a New Music National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors project. In 2021, Mr. Leach and the Pioneer Symphony Band was invited to be part one of the feature ensembles and clinicians in GRAMMY Museum new initiative GRAMMY in the Schools Fest.

Mr. Leach has won the praise of international composers such as Michael Daugherty, John Mackey, Thomas Duffy, Alfred Reed, Jan Van der Roost and others for his insightful conducting of their compositions. Mr. Leach has attended the Wind Conducting Symposium with John L. Whitwell and studied conducting with the University of Michigan Director of Bands Michael Haithcock, and Maestro Michael Adleson; former conductor with the New York Philharmonic. In 2019 Mr. Leach was named Fellow for the H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute at the Midwest Clinic.

Mr. Leach is a proud member of the Pioneer High School Music Department, which has earned GRAMMY Signature School honors during his tenure there. In 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2015 the department achieved GRAMMY Signature School Gold status as one of the top two public high school music programs in the nation. In 2006 and 2011 the Pioneer Music Department was named the National GRAMMY Signature School as the top public high school music program in the nation, making it the first program ever honored twice by the GRAMMY Foundation. Currently, Mr. Leach is a past member of the GRAMMY Museums Music Educator Award screening panel; tasked with selecting candidates for the GRAMMY Teacher of the Year finalists, and this spring is a featured clinician (along with the Pioneer Symphony Band) in the GRAMMY Museums new initiative GRAMMY In the Schools Fest - a four-day virtual festival celebrating music and music education broadcast online the week leading up to Musics Biggest Night - the GRAMMY awards

Mr. Leach is the Conductor of the Festival (faculty) Winds at the Summer Music Camp in Saugeen Shores, a position he has held since 2013. 


Beginning Band - Terry McConnell

Terry McConnell, B.Mus., B. Ed. is a composer/arranger, vocalist, low brass player (tuba/euphonium), photographer, actor and teacher. He regularly performs with the Ebytown Brass, the Chatham Concert Band and the Occasional Five Plus One Brass Sextet.

He led dynamic instrumental and vocal programming at Blenheim District High School for 30.5 years in addition to teaching other subjects. Terry has acted as musical director in more than 20 shows with Theatre Kent, Good Times Productions and BDHS productions. His acting endeavours include singing roles such as Dr. Scott from the Korda production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Mr. Fezziwig in The Lost and Found Theatre production of “A Dicken’s Christmas Carol”, improvised roles in many murder mysteries and His Majesty’s Feasts around southern Ontario, and many roles with the Purple Theatre Company of Windsor. In the latter’s production of “The Man Who Fell in Love with the Tuba”, he acted in the main role in addition to being the inspiration for the play! 



Beginning Band - Meryl Gillmore

Meryl Gillmore, B.Mus, B.Ed, ARCT Flute Performance, has been part of Summer Music since it’s early years.  She is a retired music teacher of the Bluewater School Board, where she cultivated dynamic and award winning bands at Northport Elementary and G.C. Huston Public School. She is principal flute for the Georgian Bay Symphony, a founding member of the Georgian Bay Woodwind Quintet and performs regularly in the Greg/Bruce area.  Starting students on instruments has been a highlight of her teaching and she looks forward to the challenge of the Beginning Band Program. 


Intermediate Band - Ryan Meeboer

Ryan Meeboer is a music educator, who obtained his degree through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. As a composer, he has written and arranged many pieces for concert band, jazz band, and small ensembles. His young band pieces, including Last Voyage of the Queen Annes Revenge and Through the Eye of the Storm, have been well received by performers, educators, and audiences, and some of his pieces have been found on festival syllabuses.  As a performer, he has had experience in several groups, including concert and stage bands, chamber choir, vocal jazz ensemble, acoustic duets, and the Hamilton based swing group - The Main Swing Connection.

Ryan began studying music at the age of seven through private guitar lessons. During his years in elementary and secondary school, he gained experience in several families of instruments. Focusing on music education and theory (including composition and orchestration), he attended McMaster University to achieve his honours degree in music. Ryan is currently a teacher at Alexanders Public School in Burlington, Ontario, where he continues his practices in composing and arranging.


Senior Band Conductor - Matt Drysdale

Matt Drysdale is the Music Department Head at Eastwood C.I. in Kitchener. He received his Honours Bachelor of Music Education from Wilfrid Laurier University where he majored on tuba. Prior to attending university he obtained his Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music qualifications in piano. He completed his Bachelor of Education from University of Windsor. While playing music has always been a large part of Matt’s life he finds that conducting and teaching have become the most fulfilling and creatively engaging parts of his musical experience.

Active participation in workshops, conferences, and festivals throughout his over 20 years of teaching have inspired Matt’s music classroom. These are known to be welcoming environments focused on mastery, creativity, collaboration, and of course, fun.  He has co-authored two widely used music teaching resources, Grade 9-12 Listening Resource Guide (2009), and Creative Tools for the Music Classroom (2012).  He has also presented to WRDSB superintendents, principals, and music educators on topics from creativity in the classroom, engaging the music listener, high-yield instructional tools, and cloud-based composition, and technology. 

Under his direction at Forest Heights Collegiate and Eastwood Collegiate,  Matt’s concert bands and jazz bands have won several first place awards at Kitchener Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival & several Silver and Gold Awards at Musicfest Regionals and Nationals. In 2010, he also earned Most Promising Conductor Award at Ontario Vocal Festival.

Festival Winds - David Leach

David Leach has been Director of Bands at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School since 2002. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education at Eastern Michigan University. He began his teaching career at Ypsilanti High School in 1988 and spent fourteen years there before coming to Ann Arbor. He was appointed Chair of the Pioneer High School Performing Arts Department in 2006, and Fine Arts Department Chair in 2013, serving in that position until 2021.

Leach sustains the long tradition of quality performance and repertoire in the Pioneer Bands. During his 19 years at Pioneer, his Concert and Jazz Bands have received consistent top ratings at district, state, and national festivals. His Symphony, Concert, and Jazz Bands have won overall festival championships at every national event entered. Leach wrote curriculum for and introduced a ninth-grade Jazz Lab, increased student numbers, and enhanced his students personal success in music with a high percentage of his graduates going on to study for careers in music education and performance. Under his baton, the Pioneer Symphony Band has performed three times at Carnegie Hall, twice at the Mid-Europe Music Conference in Schladming, Austria and performed on tour in China. In 2014 and 2016 the Pioneer Symphony was selected a New Music National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors project. In 2021, Mr. Leach and the Pioneer Symphony Band was invited to be part one of the feature ensembles and clinicians in GRAMMY Museum new initiative GRAMMY in the Schools Fest.

Mr. Leach has won the praise of international composers such as Michael Daugherty, John Mackey, Thomas Duffy, Alfred Reed, Jan Van der Roost and others for his insightful conducting of their compositions. Mr. Leach has attended the Wind Conducting Symposium with John L. Whitwell and studied conducting with the University of Michigan Director of Bands Michael Haithcock, and Maestro Michael Adleson; former conductor with the New York Philharmonic. In 2019 Mr. Leach was named Fellow for the H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute at the Midwest Clinic.

Mr. Leach is a proud member of the Pioneer High School Music Department, which has earned GRAMMY Signature School honors during his tenure there. In 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2015 the department achieved GRAMMY Signature School Gold status as one of the top two public high school music programs in the nation. In 2006 and 2011 the Pioneer Music Department was named the National GRAMMY Signature School as the top public high school music program in the nation, making it the first program ever honored twice by the GRAMMY Foundation. Currently, Mr. Leach is a past member of the GRAMMY Museums Music Educator Award screening panel; tasked with selecting candidates for the GRAMMY Teacher of the Year finalists, and this spring is a featured clinician (along with the Pioneer Symphony Band) in the GRAMMY Museums new initiative GRAMMY In the Schools Fest - a four-day virtual festival celebrating music and music education broadcast online the week leading up to Musics Biggest Night - the GRAMMY awards

Mr. Leach is the Conductor of the Festival (faculty) Winds at the Summer Music Camp in Saugeen Shores, a position he has held since 2013. 

Beginning Band - Terry McConnell

Terry McConnell, B.Mus., B. Ed. is a composer/arranger, vocalist, low brass player (tuba/euphonium), photographer, actor and teacher. He regularly performs with the Ebytown Brass, the Chatham Concert Band and the Occasional Five Plus One Brass Sextet.

He led dynamic instrumental and vocal programming at Blenheim District High School for 30.5 years in addition to teaching other subjects. Terry has acted as musical director in more than 20 shows with Theatre Kent, Good Times Productions and BDHS productions. His acting endeavours include singing roles such as Dr. Scott from the Korda production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Mr. Fezziwig in The Lost and Found Theatre production of “A Dicken’s Christmas Carol”, improvised roles in many murder mysteries and His Majesty’s Feasts around southern Ontario, and many roles with the Purple Theatre Company of Windsor. In the latter’s production of “The Man Who Fell in Love with the Tuba”, he acted in the main role in addition to being the inspiration for the play! 


Beginning Band - Meryl Gillmore

Meryl Gillmore, B.Mus, B.Ed, ARCT Flute Performance, has been part of Summer Music since it’s early years.  She is a retired music teacher of the Bluewater School Board, where she cultivated dynamic and award winning bands at Northport Elementary and G.C. Huston Public School. She is principal flute for the Georgian Bay Symphony, a founding member of the Georgian Bay Woodwind Quintet and performs regularly in the Greg/Bruce area.  Starting students on instruments has been a highlight of her teaching and she looks forward to the challenge of the Beginning Band Program. 

Intermediate Band - Ryan Meeboer

Ryan Meeboer is a music educator, who obtained his degree through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. As a composer, he has written and arranged many pieces for concert band, jazz band, and small ensembles. His young band pieces, including Last Voyage of the Queen Annes Revenge and Through the Eye of the Storm, have been well received by performers, educators, and audiences, and some of his pieces have been found on festival syllabuses.  As a performer, he has had experience in several groups, including concert and stage bands, chamber choir, vocal jazz ensemble, acoustic duets, and the Hamilton based swing group - The Main Swing Connection.

Ryan began studying music at the age of seven through private guitar lessons. During his years in elementary and secondary school, he gained experience in several families of instruments. Focusing on music education and theory (including composition and orchestration), he attended McMaster University to achieve his honours degree in music. Ryan is currently a teacher at Alexanders Public School in Burlington, Ontario, where he continues his practices in composing and arranging.

Senior Band Conductor - Matt Drysdale

Matt Drysdale is the Music Department Head at Eastwood C.I. in Kitchener. He received his Honours Bachelor of Music Education from Wilfrid Laurier University where he majored on tuba. Prior to attending university he obtained his Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music qualifications in piano. He completed his Bachelor of Education from University of Windsor. While playing music has always been a large part of Matt’s life he finds that conducting and teaching have become the most fulfilling and creatively engaging parts of his musical experience.

Active participation in workshops, conferences, and festivals throughout his over 20 years of teaching have inspired Matt’s music classroom. These are known to be welcoming environments focused on mastery, creativity, collaboration, and of course, fun.  He has co-authored two widely used music teaching resources, Grade 9-12 Listening Resource Guide (2009), and Creative Tools for the Music Classroom (2012).  He has also presented to WRDSB superintendents, principals, and music educators on topics from creativity in the classroom, engaging the music listener, high-yield instructional tools, and cloud-based composition, and technology. 

Under his direction at Forest Heights Collegiate and Eastwood Collegiate,  Matt’s concert bands and jazz bands have won several first place awards at Kitchener Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival & several Silver and Gold Awards at Musicfest Regionals and Nationals. In 2010, he also earned Most Promising Conductor Award at Ontario Vocal Festival.

Instrumental



Brass - Euphonium/Tuba - Eric Probst

Eric Probst moved to Kitchener in 2017 after completing a Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he was also Principal Tuba of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Eric also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, and attended the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. As a native of the Greater Toronto Area, Eric has worked as a freelance tuba player and military musician, performing most often with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band, the Weston Silver Band of Toronto, and the Brassroots of London. Eric has also been tuba faculty at music camps, such as Interprovincial Music Camp, and regularly teaches at high schools as a brass clinician.

As a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces, Eric has taught tuba at the Canadian Forces School of Music (CFB Borden), and has spent 11 summers in Ottawa performing with The Band of The Ceremonial Guard for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony in many various roles, including Group Sergeant, Assistant Drum Major, and is currently the Assistant Band Sergeant Major. He has also performed with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton, and currently belongs to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry of Hamilton, Ontario.


Brass - Euphonium/Tuba - Carina Lam

Carina Lam is the first Canadian euphoniumist to study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). She attained her Masters degree in EuphoniumPerformance under the tutelage of world-renowned soloist, Steven Mead. Carina completed her Honours Bachelor degree in Music Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, after which she received a Bachelor in Education at the University of Toronto and became a certified teacher. She has been a member in the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry(RHLI), where she performed for notable figures such as Her Majesty the Queen, the Emperor the Japan, and the Prime Minister of Canada. While deciding to specialize in music education, performance remained a major priority for Carina and she decided to pursue a Masters at the RNCM to explore the diversity of music that the brass band world has to offer in the United Kingdom. Both in the UK and at home, Carina has performed with and been featured as a soloist with numerous well-respected ensembles. While at the RNCM, Carina won the Terence Nagle Prize in the RNCM Solo Competition performing a piece that she commissioned, which was published shortly after it was premiered. She presented at the International Womens Brass Conference in 2017. Carina is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Tuba Euphonium Symposium (TOTES), which was piloted in March 2018. Currently, she performs throughout the Greater Toronto Area, as a member of the Euba Quartet, the RHLI Band, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Carina is also a Buffet Crampon/Besson Artist and a LeFreQue Artist.


Brass - French Horn - Hayley Burgess

Hayley teaches music to students in grades 1-8 at her school in Waterloo. She loves getting to interact with all the different age groups and seeing students grow as musicians and people. Hayley has played with a variety of musical groups in the KW area and currently plays with Ebytown Brass. Hayley’s love of band began as a kid through the Acton Citizen’s Band where she learned to play the cornet. She quickly switched to the French horn (to be different from her brothers) and never looked back! She is thankful to community music groups for giving people an opportunity to become music makers. 

Outside of music, Hayley enjoys being outside, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with her cat Chewy.


Brass - Trumpet - Eric Dettweiler

Eric  Dettweiler is a trumpeter and music educator.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music in performance from Wilfrid Laurier University.  In demand as an orchestral player, Eric currently holds positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber  Orchestra, and the Wellington Wind Symphony.  In 2016, he performed as principal trumpet with the nationally acclaimed Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax. Eric has experience playing in orchestras, big bands, musical theater, and studio recording.  He has  recorded with award winning Canadian artists JoJo Worthington, Jesse Maranger, and Mappe Of. As a music educator, Eric has a busy studio of trumpet and piano students. Eric also teaches Grade 7 and 8 instrumental music in Guelph, ON.  In December 2016, his  Grade 8’s were recognized as finalists in CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge. On occasion, Eric can be found playing the trumpet while riding a 6 foot unicycle.


Brass - Trumpet - Martin Lacoste

Martin is currently the Head of Music at Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo.  A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, he is currently the director of the Galt Kiltie Band and Soul Sauce Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and is a member of Big Band Theory.  He has served as musical director for several productions including Guys and Dolls, Leader of the Pack, Cabaret (JM Drama), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (JM Drama), Princess Ida (Waterloo Regional G & S Society), Evita (JM Drama), Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert Event (KWMP) and is currently involved with KWMPs production of The Addams Family.  When not involved in musical endeavours, Martin enjoys squash, hockey, slo-pitch, biking and following the Jays rise back to dominance.


Brass-Trombone - Nate Fanning

Nate Fanning is Principal Trombone of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, a position he has held since 2019. Nate has played with some of the leading orchestras in Canada including but not limited to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Opera de Québec, Orchestre Classique de Montreal, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphonia.

Nate attended Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto and the prestigious Glenn Gould School. While at U of T, Nate was a winner of the concerto competition in 2009. A member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada under the direction of the late Boris Brott for the 2009 and 2010 summer seasons, Nate has often been used as a mentor with the orchestra since.

In 2015 Nate had the privilege of playing with Album and Group of the year winners The Arkells at the Juno awards in front of a nationally televised audience. Other artists Nate has shared the stage with include Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Grammy winners Evanescence and Sarah McLachlan, Billboard and Teen Choice Award winner Lindsey Stirling, Juno winner Johnny Reid, and Il Divo. A big highlight of his career was playing in the pit while his father John Fanning sang the lead role in the world premiere of the Brian Finley opera The Pencil Salesman under the direction of Dan Warren at the Westben Arts Festival in 2016. The music director and Organist for Knox United Church in the town of Ayr, Nate is also currently on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches the Trombone students.

When not practicing, performing or teaching, Nate loves watching sports (especially his beloved Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Browns, Tiger- Cats and Norwich FC) and spending time with his wife Amy and children Maggie and Matthew.


Percussion - Marlee MacDougall

Marlee MacDougall is a percussionist and Ontario Certified Teacher in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board where she teaches in the secondary school system. Marlee earned her Master of Music Education from the University of Western Ontario in 2020. She has experience teaching music, geography, and special education, particularly students with autism spectrum disorder. Providing access to music education for those historically underserved is a key tenet of her career  and she has taught music to many special education classes throughout her time with HWDSB.

Marlee works with the concert and jazz bands at her school, and often works with percussion students independently. Marlee performs with the Burlington Concert Band in her free time, and has previously worked as percussion staff at the National Music Camp of Canada. In September of 2022, Marlee will take on the role of Department Head of Music within her school.


Percussion - Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell is a musician and educator residing in Saugeen Shores. He received his music degree from York University and his master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto. He specializes in jazz drum set performance, but enjoys playing many different genres. He teaches drums and piano in Port Elgin and Owen Sound and frequently performs in the area. As an educator, Mike looks forward to helping students of all skill levels achieve their musical goals.


Woodwinds - Bassoon - Jodi Merritt


Woodwinds - Clarinet - Christine McLean

Christine McLean is an orchestral clarinetist, pianist and music educator from Owen Sound, Ontario. 

Originally from Guelph, Christine began studying piano at the age of 7. Her love of music inspired her to complete her grade 9 RCM studies in piano and to join many community ensembles. She then completed an Honours Bachelor of Music Performance on clarinet from Wilfrid Laurier University. Freelance experience includes the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Scarborough Philharmonic, Arcady, and the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra.  She has been a member of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and the Georgian Bay Symphony since 2008. In the community Christine is part of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and has been on council since 2012.



Woodwinds - Clarinet - Rob Tite

Rob Tite is the Principal Clarinetist with the Georgian Bay Symphony and gives private clarinet Instruction. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto.


Woodwinds - Flute - Aaron Haydon


Woodwinds - Flute - Ingrid Storey-Crozman

Ingrid Crozman is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of music and flute playing to all ages and levels of players. Beginning her teaching career while still in her undergraduate degree, Ingrid went on to hold positions at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Medicine Hat College, and the Inner London Education Authority (England). Since moving to London, Ingrid has kept her commitment to teaching by being involved with the LYS mentorship and Chamber Winds programs while maintaining a private flute studio. As a performer, Ingrid has appeared in many ensembles including the Stratford Symphony, the Bach Festival Orchestra, #weplayon, the Concert Players Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, New Works Calgary, and the Banff Festival Orchestra. She has been involved with several special projects such as the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra tour to China and productions with Calgary Opera and Alberta Ballet. Her interest in Baroque flute has led to performances in Canada and the United States. She was a faculty member for the Baroque Flute Boot Camp in Seattle, Washington for many years. Ingrid received degrees from the University of Western Ontario, The University of Calgary, and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She participated in programs at the Banff Centre and the Liszt Academy and worked with many eminent flutists such as Samuel Baron, Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd and Carol Wincenc.

In addition to her teaching and performing schedule, Ingrid is treasurer of The Gordon Jeffery Music Foundation.


Woodwinds - Saxophone - Erin Probst

Erin Probst is currently the Head of Music at Laurel Heights Secondary School in Waterloo, Ontario. She spends her days happily in band-land, teaching a full range of music courses and leading many extra-curricular ensembles, ranging from concert band to jazz bands to chamber groups and choir! Before her position at LHSS, Erin taught music in many of the high schools in the Waterloo Board, where she has been teaching since 2011.

Pre-Covid, Erin was an active musician herself, and was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves as a Musician from 2009-2021. Erin performed with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band, and appeared with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard for two summers. She taught saxophone at the CAF School of Music at Base Borden for a summer as well. She has also been a member of Waterloo-area choirs Kokoro, and Age of Majority Singers. Erin is looking forward to getting involved with some new ensembles as things begin to open back up for musicians!

A life-long fan of summer camps, Erin has taught for two summers at the Ontario Educational Leadership Course at their Music Leadership Week, and many years ago attended OELC as a student for Music Week. She holds an  Honours Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Western Ontario (2010), and a Bachelor of Education (2011) from The University of Western Ontario.


Woodwinds - Saxophone - Dan Jancar

Dan started playing clarinet in grade 6 and got to play the sax in grade 7. He went to a performing arts high school and was mentored by Larry Bodner, formerly of Downchild, Lighthouse, Muddy Waters and UB40. Dan’s first Concert was Elton John. Sir Elton opened his show with “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and he was hooked! He knew he wanted to be a musician after that. Then he heard Bruce Springsteen and the Big Man’s sax that sounded like it was on fire!... the rest is history.

Dan has played with members of Manteca, Bowfire, Goddo, Aaron Solomon (Shania Twain, Jeff Healy, Big Sugar), cover bands and original bands, and of course, FOG! His influences include but are not limited to... Clarence Clemons, Lenny Pickett, Tower of Power, Trombone Shorty, Elton John, Prince, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, Chicago, and Steely Dan.

Dan’s motto is evident daily: Be humble, kind and respectful in life...be a monster on stage!

Brass - Euphonium/Tuba - Eric Probst

Eric Probst moved to Kitchener in 2017 after completing a Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he was also Principal Tuba of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Eric also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, and attended the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. As a native of the Greater Toronto Area, Eric has worked as a freelance tuba player and military musician, performing most often with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band, the Weston Silver Band of Toronto, and the Brassroots of London. Eric has also been tuba faculty at music camps, such as Interprovincial Music Camp, and regularly teaches at high schools as a brass clinician.

As a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces, Eric has taught tuba at the Canadian Forces School of Music (CFB Borden), and has spent 11 summers in Ottawa performing with The Band of The Ceremonial Guard for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony in many various roles, including Group Sergeant, Assistant Drum Major, and is currently the Assistant Band Sergeant Major. He has also performed with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton, and currently belongs to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry of Hamilton, Ontario.

Brass - Euphonium/Tuba - Carina Lam

Carina Lam is the first Canadian euphoniumist to study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). She attained her Masters degree in EuphoniumPerformance under the tutelage of world-renowned soloist, Steven Mead. Carina completed her Honours Bachelor degree in Music Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, after which she received a Bachelor in Education at the University of Toronto and became a certified teacher. She has been a member in the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry(RHLI), where she performed for notable figures such as Her Majesty the Queen, the Emperor the Japan, and the Prime Minister of Canada. While deciding to specialize in music education, performance remained a major priority for Carina and she decided to pursue a Masters at the RNCM to explore the diversity of music that the brass band world has to offer in the United Kingdom. Both in the UK and at home, Carina has performed with and been featured as a soloist with numerous well-respected ensembles. While at the RNCM, Carina won the Terence Nagle Prize in the RNCM Solo Competition performing a piece that she commissioned, which was published shortly after it was premiered. She presented at the International Womens Brass Conference in 2017. Carina is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Tuba Euphonium Symposium (TOTES), which was piloted in March 2018. Currently, she performs throughout the Greater Toronto Area, as a member of the Euba Quartet, the RHLI Band, and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Carina is also a Buffet Crampon/Besson Artist and a LeFreQue Artist.

Brass - French Horn - Hayley Burgess

Hayley teaches music to students in grades 1-8 at her school in Waterloo. She loves getting to interact with all the different age groups and seeing students grow as musicians and people. Hayley has played with a variety of musical groups in the KW area and currently plays with Ebytown Brass. Hayley’s love of band began as a kid through the Acton Citizen’s Band where she learned to play the cornet. She quickly switched to the French horn (to be different from her brothers) and never looked back! She is thankful to community music groups for giving people an opportunity to become music makers. 

Outside of music, Hayley enjoys being outside, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with her cat Chewy.

Brass - Trumpet - Eric Dettweiler

Eric  Dettweiler is a trumpeter and music educator.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music in performance from Wilfrid Laurier University.  In demand as an orchestral player, Eric currently holds positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber  Orchestra, and the Wellington Wind Symphony.  In 2016, he performed as principal trumpet with the nationally acclaimed Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax. Eric has experience playing in orchestras, big bands, musical theater, and studio recording.  He has  recorded with award winning Canadian artists JoJo Worthington, Jesse Maranger, and Mappe Of. As a music educator, Eric has a busy studio of trumpet and piano students. Eric also teaches Grade 7 and 8 instrumental music in Guelph, ON.  In December 2016, his  Grade 8’s were recognized as finalists in CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge. On occasion, Eric can be found playing the trumpet while riding a 6 foot unicycle.

Brass - Trumpet - Martin Lacoste

Martin is currently the Head of Music at Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo.  A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, he is currently the director of the Galt Kiltie Band and Soul Sauce Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and is a member of Big Band Theory.  He has served as musical director for several productions including Guys and Dolls, Leader of the Pack, Cabaret (JM Drama), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (JM Drama), Princess Ida (Waterloo Regional G & S Society), Evita (JM Drama), Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert Event (KWMP) and is currently involved with KWMPs production of The Addams Family.  When not involved in musical endeavours, Martin enjoys squash, hockey, slo-pitch, biking and following the Jays rise back to dominance.

Brass-Trombone - Nate Fanning

Nate Fanning is Principal Trombone of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, a position he has held since 2019. Nate has played with some of the leading orchestras in Canada including but not limited to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Opera de Québec, Orchestre Classique de Montreal, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphonia.

Nate attended Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto and the prestigious Glenn Gould School. While at U of T, Nate was a winner of the concerto competition in 2009. A member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada under the direction of the late Boris Brott for the 2009 and 2010 summer seasons, Nate has often been used as a mentor with the orchestra since.

In 2015 Nate had the privilege of playing with Album and Group of the year winners The Arkells at the Juno awards in front of a nationally televised audience. Other artists Nate has shared the stage with include Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Grammy winners Evanescence and Sarah McLachlan, Billboard and Teen Choice Award winner Lindsey Stirling, Juno winner Johnny Reid, and Il Divo. A big highlight of his career was playing in the pit while his father John Fanning sang the lead role in the world premiere of the Brian Finley opera The Pencil Salesman under the direction of Dan Warren at the Westben Arts Festival in 2016. The music director and Organist for Knox United Church in the town of Ayr, Nate is also currently on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches the Trombone students.

When not practicing, performing or teaching, Nate loves watching sports (especially his beloved Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Browns, Tiger- Cats and Norwich FC) and spending time with his wife Amy and children Maggie and Matthew.

Percussion - Marlee MacDougall

Marlee MacDougall is a percussionist and Ontario Certified Teacher in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board where she teaches in the secondary school system. Marlee earned her Master of Music Education from the University of Western Ontario in 2020. She has experience teaching music, geography, and special education, particularly students with autism spectrum disorder. Providing access to music education for those historically underserved is a key tenet of her career  and she has taught music to many special education classes throughout her time with HWDSB.

Marlee works with the concert and jazz bands at her school, and often works with percussion students independently. Marlee performs with the Burlington Concert Band in her free time, and has previously worked as percussion staff at the National Music Camp of Canada. In September of 2022, Marlee will take on the role of Department Head of Music within her school.

Percussion - Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell is a musician and educator residing in Saugeen Shores. He received his music degree from York University and his master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto. He specializes in jazz drum set performance, but enjoys playing many different genres. He teaches drums and piano in Port Elgin and Owen Sound and frequently performs in the area. As an educator, Mike looks forward to helping students of all skill levels achieve their musical goals.

Woodwinds - Bassoon - Jodi Merritt

Woodwinds - Clarinet - Christine McLean

Christine McLean is an orchestral clarinetist, pianist and music educator from Owen Sound, Ontario. 

Originally from Guelph, Christine began studying piano at the age of 7. Her love of music inspired her to complete her grade 9 RCM studies in piano and to join many community ensembles. She then completed an Honours Bachelor of Music Performance on clarinet from Wilfrid Laurier University. Freelance experience includes the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Scarborough Philharmonic, Arcady, and the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra.  She has been a member of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and the Georgian Bay Symphony since 2008. In the community Christine is part of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and has been on council since 2012.


Woodwinds - Clarinet - Rob Tite

Rob Tite is the Principal Clarinetist with the Georgian Bay Symphony and gives private clarinet Instruction. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto.

Woodwinds - Flute - Aaron Haydon

Woodwinds - Flute - Ingrid Storey-Crozman

Ingrid Crozman is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of music and flute playing to all ages and levels of players. Beginning her teaching career while still in her undergraduate degree, Ingrid went on to hold positions at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Medicine Hat College, and the Inner London Education Authority (England). Since moving to London, Ingrid has kept her commitment to teaching by being involved with the LYS mentorship and Chamber Winds programs while maintaining a private flute studio. As a performer, Ingrid has appeared in many ensembles including the Stratford Symphony, the Bach Festival Orchestra, #weplayon, the Concert Players Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, New Works Calgary, and the Banff Festival Orchestra. She has been involved with several special projects such as the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra tour to China and productions with Calgary Opera and Alberta Ballet. Her interest in Baroque flute has led to performances in Canada and the United States. She was a faculty member for the Baroque Flute Boot Camp in Seattle, Washington for many years. Ingrid received degrees from the University of Western Ontario, The University of Calgary, and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She participated in programs at the Banff Centre and the Liszt Academy and worked with many eminent flutists such as Samuel Baron, Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd and Carol Wincenc.

In addition to her teaching and performing schedule, Ingrid is treasurer of The Gordon Jeffery Music Foundation.

Woodwinds - Saxophone - Erin Probst

Erin Probst is currently the Head of Music at Laurel Heights Secondary School in Waterloo, Ontario. She spends her days happily in band-land, teaching a full range of music courses and leading many extra-curricular ensembles, ranging from concert band to jazz bands to chamber groups and choir! Before her position at LHSS, Erin taught music in many of the high schools in the Waterloo Board, where she has been teaching since 2011.

Pre-Covid, Erin was an active musician herself, and was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves as a Musician from 2009-2021. Erin performed with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band, and appeared with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard for two summers. She taught saxophone at the CAF School of Music at Base Borden for a summer as well. She has also been a member of Waterloo-area choirs Kokoro, and Age of Majority Singers. Erin is looking forward to getting involved with some new ensembles as things begin to open back up for musicians!

A life-long fan of summer camps, Erin has taught for two summers at the Ontario Educational Leadership Course at their Music Leadership Week, and many years ago attended OELC as a student for Music Week. She holds an  Honours Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Western Ontario (2010), and a Bachelor of Education (2011) from The University of Western Ontario.

Woodwinds - Saxophone - Dan Jancar

Dan started playing clarinet in grade 6 and got to play the sax in grade 7. He went to a performing arts high school and was mentored by Larry Bodner, formerly of Downchild, Lighthouse, Muddy Waters and UB40. Dan’s first Concert was Elton John. Sir Elton opened his show with “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and he was hooked! He knew he wanted to be a musician after that. Then he heard Bruce Springsteen and the Big Man’s sax that sounded like it was on fire!... the rest is history.

Dan has played with members of Manteca, Bowfire, Goddo, Aaron Solomon (Shania Twain, Jeff Healy, Big Sugar), cover bands and original bands, and of course, FOG! His influences include but are not limited to... Clarence Clemons, Lenny Pickett, Tower of Power, Trombone Shorty, Elton John, Prince, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, Chicago, and Steely Dan.

Dan’s motto is evident daily: Be humble, kind and respectful in life...be a monster on stage!

Jazz



Director - Summer Music Jazz Program, Improvisation, Bass and Sax - Mike Grace

Mike has been a professional musician most all of his life. From playing ranch parties and road houses in Texas to touring the world with his trio or quartet Mike has made performing classical and jazz music his passion. Among his most treasured moments in education is being named a Disney-McDonalds Performing Arts Teacher in 1996. And, being named University of Michigan Musical Society Educator Of The Year, the year after retiring from the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Public Schools make these two honors highlights of his professional life. Among the many performers Mike has had the great fortune to perform with are Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Rob McConnell, Roger Williams, Urbie Green, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Henry Mancini, Jimmy Forrest, Peter Appleyard, Randy Brecker, Rosemary Clooney and Sonny Stitt.


Instrumental - Perrin Grace

From hometown Ann Arbor, Michigan, Perrin Grace has made his way through the world as a versatile musician with a proclivity for jazz bass. Though currently settled in Brooklyn, New York, he has performed in half of the 50 United States as well as the countries of Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and China. He has performed with musicians such as Benny Bennack III, Michael Mayo, Tahira Clayton, Roberto Verastegui, Amina Figarova, Alex Sipiagin, John Riley, Li Xiaochuan and many other greats of the jazz continuum.

With pianist Addison Frei and drummer Matt Young, Perrin co-leads AMP Trio, a band approaching a decade in action. In 2013 AMP trio released their debut album "Flow" and toured the U.S. and Canada, performing on stages such as Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Florida. In 2015 AMP Trio released their second album "my(our) world" along with a series of videos directed by Snarky Puppy videographer Andy LaViolette. Their second release was aired on the radio in the U.K., Greece, Canada and across the United States. In 2017 AMP Trio released their album Three and toured in the states of TX, MI, FL, NY, MD, CT, NYC, LA as well as in Canada and Japan.

AMP Trio teamed up with vocalist Tahira Clayton to compete in the 2017 DC Jazz-Prix. They walked away with the grand prize of $15,000, a slot in the 2018 Washington D.C. Jazz Festival and performance at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. During 2018-2019 AMP Trio released an EP with Tahira Clayton, has kept a tour schedule reaching the U.S., Canada, China and Japan through numerous high profile performances. their 2020 album Go Naive, a gift to the town of Ofunato, Japan was released as their first LP. In the summer of 2022 the group plans to record their 6th album, back in their home land of north Texas.

Perrin was a member of the 2014 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program directed by Jason Moran, the 2014 Steans Institute at Ravinia residency with Rufus Reid, the 2015 Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency, the 2015 Keep an Eye jazz residency in Amsterdam and the 2016 Banff Jazz Workshop directed by Vijay Iyer. In 2013 he received his bachelors degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas. In 2016 he received a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with bassist Jay Anderson.


Instrumental - Ian Burbidge

Ian Burbidge has had the privilege of making music in Bruce County for almost 40 years now. As a composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, sideman and bandleader, Ian has learned from the many, many talented musicians in the area. Ian is looking forward to being involved in the Summer Music camp again with his debut with the jazz program this summer.


Instrumental - Scott Neary

Scott Neary is an international touring musician and award winning guitarist/composer/arranger. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Master of Music program, where he was a  member of the six time Grammy Nominated One OClock Lab Band, and can be heard on their  recording Lab 2013. As a member of One OClock Lab band played alongside Peter Erskine, Frank  Greene, Denis DiBlasio, and Stockton Helbing, among others. 

Scott has a Masters of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of North Texas, and  a Bachelors of Music (Jazz Studies) with Honours from St. Francis Xavier University. He also holds a Grade 10 in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has worked as a private music educator for 20 years. He worked as an adjunt professor of  music at St. Francis Xavier University from 2010-2011, a teaching assistant at the University of  NorthTexas from 2011-2013, and as a full time music professor from 2013-2014 at the Universidad  de las Americas in Quito, Ecuador. 

He has been a professional performing musician since 2003 and has maintained an active  role as a performer ever since. Living in Toronto from 2013 to 2020, he was an in demand gigging  and recording guitarist, vocalist, and pianist, of all styles. He has performed with Jully Black,  Unidentifed Funk Object, Pheonix Jazz Quartet, Ilios Steryanis, After Funk, Larry Graves, Surefire  Sweat, The Hit Pickers, Floral Marks, Sundar Viswanathan, Max Senitt, Selcuk Suna, Eric St.  Laurent, among many others. 

  Since 2020, Scott has returned to his hometown of Wabush, Labrador, where he has maintained a  busy schedule as a performer, private music educator, and member of the acoustic based trio  Ptarmageddon. As a member of the local arts community, he has helped create a local open  mic/songwriters night, been an instructor in summer music camps, and has become a staple in the  Labrador West music scene. 


Percussion - Steve Wood

Stephen Wood is a librarian by day and musician by night. He has performed with many groups including the Noodle Factory Jazz Project, Bobby Dean Blackburn, Bruce Worthington, Georgian Bay Symphony, Will Currie & the Country French, and the Orchid Trail Quartet. He has been fortunate to share the stage with groups such as Sloan, David Wilcox, the Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, Our Lady Peace, Said the Whale, and Dan Mangan.


Vocal - Vanisha Gould

Vanisha Gould came to New York in 2015 from Simi Valley, California. Inspired by artists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald, Vanisha has successfully curated her own sound as a composer and band leader. Performing originals and music from the Great American Songbook on several groundbreaking stages both in New York and overseas, she aspires to continue sharing her voice with audiences in New York and beyond.

Director - Summer Music Jazz Program, Improvisation, Bass and Sax - Mike Grace

Mike has been a professional musician most all of his life. From playing ranch parties and road houses in Texas to touring the world with his trio or quartet Mike has made performing classical and jazz music his passion. Among his most treasured moments in education is being named a Disney-McDonalds Performing Arts Teacher in 1996. And, being named University of Michigan Musical Society Educator Of The Year, the year after retiring from the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Public Schools make these two honors highlights of his professional life. Among the many performers Mike has had the great fortune to perform with are Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Rob McConnell, Roger Williams, Urbie Green, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Henry Mancini, Jimmy Forrest, Peter Appleyard, Randy Brecker, Rosemary Clooney and Sonny Stitt.

Instrumental - Perrin Grace

From hometown Ann Arbor, Michigan, Perrin Grace has made his way through the world as a versatile musician with a proclivity for jazz bass. Though currently settled in Brooklyn, New York, he has performed in half of the 50 United States as well as the countries of Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and China. He has performed with musicians such as Benny Bennack III, Michael Mayo, Tahira Clayton, Roberto Verastegui, Amina Figarova, Alex Sipiagin, John Riley, Li Xiaochuan and many other greats of the jazz continuum.

With pianist Addison Frei and drummer Matt Young, Perrin co-leads AMP Trio, a band approaching a decade in action. In 2013 AMP trio released their debut album "Flow" and toured the U.S. and Canada, performing on stages such as Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Florida. In 2015 AMP Trio released their second album "my(our) world" along with a series of videos directed by Snarky Puppy videographer Andy LaViolette. Their second release was aired on the radio in the U.K., Greece, Canada and across the United States. In 2017 AMP Trio released their album Three and toured in the states of TX, MI, FL, NY, MD, CT, NYC, LA as well as in Canada and Japan.

AMP Trio teamed up with vocalist Tahira Clayton to compete in the 2017 DC Jazz-Prix. They walked away with the grand prize of $15,000, a slot in the 2018 Washington D.C. Jazz Festival and performance at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. During 2018-2019 AMP Trio released an EP with Tahira Clayton, has kept a tour schedule reaching the U.S., Canada, China and Japan through numerous high profile performances. their 2020 album Go Naive, a gift to the town of Ofunato, Japan was released as their first LP. In the summer of 2022 the group plans to record their 6th album, back in their home land of north Texas.

Perrin was a member of the 2014 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency program directed by Jason Moran, the 2014 Steans Institute at Ravinia residency with Rufus Reid, the 2015 Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency, the 2015 Keep an Eye jazz residency in Amsterdam and the 2016 Banff Jazz Workshop directed by Vijay Iyer. In 2013 he received his bachelors degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas. In 2016 he received a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with bassist Jay Anderson.

Instrumental - Ian Burbidge

Ian Burbidge has had the privilege of making music in Bruce County for almost 40 years now. As a composer, arranger, conductor, teacher, sideman and bandleader, Ian has learned from the many, many talented musicians in the area. Ian is looking forward to being involved in the Summer Music camp again with his debut with the jazz program this summer.

Instrumental - Scott Neary

Scott Neary is an international touring musician and award winning guitarist/composer/arranger. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Master of Music program, where he was a  member of the six time Grammy Nominated One OClock Lab Band, and can be heard on their  recording Lab 2013. As a member of One OClock Lab band played alongside Peter Erskine, Frank  Greene, Denis DiBlasio, and Stockton Helbing, among others. 

Scott has a Masters of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of North Texas, and  a Bachelors of Music (Jazz Studies) with Honours from St. Francis Xavier University. He also holds a Grade 10 in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has worked as a private music educator for 20 years. He worked as an adjunt professor of  music at St. Francis Xavier University from 2010-2011, a teaching assistant at the University of  NorthTexas from 2011-2013, and as a full time music professor from 2013-2014 at the Universidad  de las Americas in Quito, Ecuador. 

He has been a professional performing musician since 2003 and has maintained an active  role as a performer ever since. Living in Toronto from 2013 to 2020, he was an in demand gigging  and recording guitarist, vocalist, and pianist, of all styles. He has performed with Jully Black,  Unidentifed Funk Object, Pheonix Jazz Quartet, Ilios Steryanis, After Funk, Larry Graves, Surefire  Sweat, The Hit Pickers, Floral Marks, Sundar Viswanathan, Max Senitt, Selcuk Suna, Eric St.  Laurent, among many others. 

  Since 2020, Scott has returned to his hometown of Wabush, Labrador, where he has maintained a  busy schedule as a performer, private music educator, and member of the acoustic based trio  Ptarmageddon. As a member of the local arts community, he has helped create a local open  mic/songwriters night, been an instructor in summer music camps, and has become a staple in the  Labrador West music scene. 

Percussion - Steve Wood

Stephen Wood is a librarian by day and musician by night. He has performed with many groups including the Noodle Factory Jazz Project, Bobby Dean Blackburn, Bruce Worthington, Georgian Bay Symphony, Will Currie & the Country French, and the Orchid Trail Quartet. He has been fortunate to share the stage with groups such as Sloan, David Wilcox, the Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, Our Lady Peace, Said the Whale, and Dan Mangan.

Vocal - Vanisha Gould

Vanisha Gould came to New York in 2015 from Simi Valley, California. Inspired by artists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald, Vanisha has successfully curated her own sound as a composer and band leader. Performing originals and music from the Great American Songbook on several groundbreaking stages both in New York and overseas, she aspires to continue sharing her voice with audiences in New York and beyond.

Music and Art Exploration



 - Christina Edwards

Christina Edwards is head school administrator, store manager and piano teacher at Blackboard Sound in Port Elgin. She holds a PATM in piano performance from Cambrian College (Sudbury) and a BMus in Collaborative Piano Performance from Brandon University. She is the pianist for Chantry Singers, and a co-founder of classical music trio Aria21, finding many performance opportunities in beautiful Saugeen Shores and surrounding areas.


 - Liz Coates

Liz Coates graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education (Voice). She has since established a music studio in Kincardine. She is invigorated by education and spreading her love of music throughout the community. As such, Liz co-founded the trio Aria 21 to have a platform for Classical song in her community. In her spare time, Liz and her partner David are doing their best to raise a sassy corgi and a cat who eats pencils.


 - Virginia Szulist

Virginia is a piano teacher with Blackboard Sound in Port Elgin. She has been teaching for many years. She began her musical career playing accordion at the young age of 7, switching to piano lessons at the age of 15. She has completed the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. Her previous students are the recipients of numerous awards in competitions and festivals.

She loves teaching, and passing on her passion for music to her students in a way that motivates them, tailoring their lessons to meet their needs and goals. She works in a school setting and has accompanied the junior choir for assemblies and church services. Virginia is also involved with the Allegro Youth Chorus in Saugeen Shores. She looks forward to making music with the Music and Exploration for 6-9 year olds at the Summer Music Camp this year!



 - Erin Milley Patey

 - Christina Edwards

Christina Edwards is head school administrator, store manager and piano teacher at Blackboard Sound in Port Elgin. She holds a PATM in piano performance from Cambrian College (Sudbury) and a BMus in Collaborative Piano Performance from Brandon University. She is the pianist for Chantry Singers, and a co-founder of classical music trio Aria21, finding many performance opportunities in beautiful Saugeen Shores and surrounding areas.

 - Liz Coates

Liz Coates graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education (Voice). She has since established a music studio in Kincardine. She is invigorated by education and spreading her love of music throughout the community. As such, Liz co-founded the trio Aria 21 to have a platform for Classical song in her community. In her spare time, Liz and her partner David are doing their best to raise a sassy corgi and a cat who eats pencils.

 - Virginia Szulist

Virginia is a piano teacher with Blackboard Sound in Port Elgin. She has been teaching for many years. She began her musical career playing accordion at the young age of 7, switching to piano lessons at the age of 15. She has completed the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. Her previous students are the recipients of numerous awards in competitions and festivals.

She loves teaching, and passing on her passion for music to her students in a way that motivates them, tailoring their lessons to meet their needs and goals. She works in a school setting and has accompanied the junior choir for assemblies and church services. Virginia is also involved with the Allegro Youth Chorus in Saugeen Shores. She looks forward to making music with the Music and Exploration for 6-9 year olds at the Summer Music Camp this year!


 - Erin Milley Patey

Tots ´n Tunes



 - Christine Cooper


 - Victoria Boucher

 - Christine Cooper

 - Victoria Boucher


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