September 15 - 17, 2017
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.

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, The University of Western On Faculty of Music, and Althouse College from which he graduated in 1976 and ... [more ]
Doug Balfour Doug Balfour
Doug Balfour is a versatile pianist, composer, arranger and music director who has been active in the classical, jazz and musical theatre worlds for over thirty years. Music direction credits across Canada include Forever Plaid, Ainʼt Misbehavin’ and ... [more ]
David Caldwell David Caldwell
Alto, Flute and Clarinet
David Caldwell was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. At the age of 18, after playing and recording with Halifax’s finest bands, Caldwell left his home town to study formally with Joe Viola at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Completing his studies ... [more ]
Steve Crowe Steve Crowe
Steve is one of Toronto’s consummate professional trumpet players. Graduating from Humber College in 1985, he quickly soared on the Toronto jazz scene working in numerous dance and club bands, big bands, Latin bands, ethnic orchestras, Dixieland bands, and ... [more ]
Dan Douglas Dan Douglas
Toronto, On
- is a Toronto born Trombonist and euphonium player who has been steadily working in the Toronto jobbing and Jazz scene for over 20 years. As an avid student, Dan began playing professionally while in high school and was quick to move up the ladder. His musical ... [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 ]
Jason Hunter Jason Hunter
Kincardine, On
Saxophone and Clarinet
- in 2004, Jason returned to his native Kincardine after having been part of the creative music scene in Boston for nearly ten years. While there, he had the opportunity to perform with a host of jazz luminaries including Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Jimmy ... [more ]
Mike Malone Mike Malone
Mike is a trumpeter, composer, arranger and has been part of the Canadian jazz music scene since the early 1970s. He is a key member of the jazz studies faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, serves as a clinician for Yamaha Music Canada, and conducts ... [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 ]
Colin Murray Colin Murray
Toronto, On
Bass Trombone
- is an active bass trombonist in Toronto and a charter member of John Macleod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, Whitney Smith’s Big Steam Band and the Top Brass Orchestra. He has also played with the Brian Barlow Big Band and Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Big Band and ... [more ]
Brian  O'Kane Brian  O'Kane
Trumpet/flugelhorn powerhouse Brian O'Kane was one-tenth of the famed Juno-winning ‘Rob McConnell Tentet’ and a member of ‘The Boss Brass’. He is a member of the Juno-winning ‘John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra’, Hilario Duran’s Juno-winning Latin Jazz Big ... [more ]
Tom Richards Tom Richards
Tom Richards is a trombonist, pianist and composer living in Toronto. He currently writes for projects Riverrun, Engine, and The Human Rights, the Tom Richards Trio and is also part of the acclaimed Avi Granite 6. Tom is currently on faculty at the Bayview ... [more ]
Tom Skublics Tom Skublics
Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
- is a full time, free-lancing woodwind player with over 35 years of experience on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and piccolo. Since 1998 he has played the lead woodwind chair in the orchestras for The Shaw Festival’s musical productions in Niagara-On-The-Lake, ... [more ]
Paul Tarrusov Paul Tarrusov
Paul Tarussov holds a Master's degree from the Juilliard School, and has studied with trombone greats such as Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, and Elliot Mason.... [more ]
Ted Warren Ted Warren
- awarded the Jazz Report's Drummer of the Year Award iin 1996 Ted Warren is an active member of Canada’s jazz scene and has a solid reputation as a musical, versatile drummer. He fronts his own quartet, Ted’s Warren Commission, which released their debut ... [more ]
Jake Wilkinson Jake Wilkinson
As an accomplished jazz trumpeter, composer and lyricist, Jake Wilkinson is a multi-faceted musician. His trumpet playing is soulful, introspective, and highly crafted. His compositions are tuneful and clear, his lyrics intelligent, contemporary and playful. ... [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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