September 12 - 14 2014
Canadian Big Band Celebration - Saugeen Shores Ontario Canada

Canadian Big Band

The CANADIAN BIG BAND membership includes many of the finest jazz and big band instrumentalists in Canada, including some members from the former Boss Brass. With a wide range of experience, these musicians have performed with the world's best, including such notable talents as Michael Buble, Duke Ellington, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall.

This year the Canadian Big Band will be the featuring Canadian International Star Vocalist CAROL WELSMAN to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Canadian Big Band Celebration.

Band Members
Don Johnson Don Johnson
Sauble Beach On
Honourary Director - Trumpet
- many professional musicians know the name Don Johnson from his performance days with the Toronto Symphony, Toronto Philharmonic and the Canadian Opera Company, as well as many CBC Television and Radio Shows. During that time, Don also became one of the ... [more ]
Charlie Bell Charlie Bell
Southampton, On
Leader - Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
- began playing clarinet and sax at an early age in Kitchener On performing in local youth orchestras and commercial bands while attending high school and The University of Western On Faculty of Music and Althouse College from which he graduated in 1976 and ... [more ]
Andy Ballantyne Andy Ballantyne
Toronto, On
Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
- is a graduate of the Humber College music programme, and also has a degree in performance from the University of Toronto. As a busy freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, and flute he has established himself on the Toronto scene as a versatile performer ... [more ]
Laurie Bower Laurie Bower
Toronto, On
- arranger, singer, trombonist, born in Kirkland Lake On. He studied at the University of Toronto with Charles Peaker, Robert Rosevear, and Harry Stevenson (trombone), and played in the dance bands of Benny Louis, Ozzie Williams, and Mart Kenney before pursuing ... [more ]
Tara Davidson Tara Davidson
Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
- has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru, and The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. Davidson has ... [more ]
Kevin Dempsey Kevin Dempsey
Campbellville, On
- received his musical training at Mohawk College and York University. Following York University, he attended the Banff School of Fine Arts where he studied with Marvin Smitty Smith. Upon receiving a ?B? grant from the Canada Council, Kevin continued his ... [more ]
Don Englert Don Englert
- studied music at California State University, Northridge. He toured for nine years with bands such as Louis Bellson, Buddy Rich, and the Canadian rock band, Lighthouse. Since moving to Toronto, he has worked at the O'Keefe Centre, The Royal Alexandra Theatre, ... [more ]
Bob Hamper Bob Hamper
Delta, On
Bass Trombone
- born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., trombonist, vocalist and educator Bob Hamper began singing in jazz vocal groups while attending UBC. He performed on many CBC radio and television programmes and worked as a freelance vocalist recording jingles while ... [more ]
Andy Harasymczuk Andy Harasymczuk
Flesherton, On
- has been playing with many of Canada's top jazz players for over 25 years in groups ranging from duo's to Big Bands. He has also acted as impressario for the Millpond Centre for the Arts as well as the Gibson Centre for the Arts, and has been the booker ... [more ]
Mike  Herriott Mike  Herriott
- has shared the stage with some of the world's finest artists including Michael Buble, David Foster, Jay Leno, Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Phil Nimmons, Maria Schneider, Bob Newhart, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, The Moody Blues, Tommy Banks, Alex ... [more ]
Mike Lawson Mike Lawson
Newmarket, On
- was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He began playing the trombone at the age of nine, several years later auditioning and being selected in a Canada-wide audition to play in Montreal?s Expo ?67 band. Lawson has played professionally all over ... [more ]
Bob Livingston Bob Livingston
Midland, On
- a Midland based musician, composer, arranger, has shared the stage over the years with everyone from Natalie Cole to Tony Bennett - Red Skelton to Bob Hope - Peggy Lee to Ella Fitzgerald. Is a founding member of Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, The Spitire Band ... [more ]
Jason  Logue Jason  Logue
- has grown to be one of Canada’s finest musicians and composers. He has performed or recorded with such jazz artists as Sam Rivers, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Dave Brubek, Phil Nimmons, Dave Grusin, Louis Belson, Kenny Wheeler, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Guido ... [more ]
John MacLeod John MacLeod
Toronto, On
- trumpeter/composer/arranger/ band leader, John's career in music spans over three decades. A native Torontonian, he received his musical training at Humber College.? In 1982 he joined Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, ?a multi Grammy and Juno award winning ... [more ]
Steve McDade Steve McDade
Stratford, On
- is a well established jazz and commercial player in the Toronto music scene, Steve appeared as lead trumpeter in numerous theatre productions such as ?The Producers?, ?Rat Pack?, ?Chicago?, ?Fosse?, ?Miss Saigon?, and more. He was a member of the Juno Award ... [more ]
Danny McErlain Danny McErlain
Toronto, On
- has been a mainstay of the Toronto music scene for three decades, his versatility keeping him in demand at clubs, on the concert stage, the theatre, and behind the scenes rehearsing performers for popular shows and opera. A favourite accompanist with jazz ... [more ]
Jack McFadden Jack McFadden
Markdale, On
Double Bass
- was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and studied with Joe Gurney in Hamilton, Gurney Titmarsh and Thomas Monohan in Toronto, Warren Benfield in Michigan, and David Holland in New York. Early musical experiences in Hamilton were with Marshall Olchowy, Bruce ... [more ]
Merlin Williams Merlin Williams
Stratford, On
Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
- is a woodwind multi-instrumentalist. His playing experience includes three seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, twelve years with the Canadian Tribute to Glenn Miller and ten years playing with Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band. He has also appeared ... [more ]


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