David has been a member since 2011, playing Oboe, English Horn, and saxophone. Also playing clarinet when necessary. When David is not playing music he is a professor at UW, not teaching music.
David has stated that his favorite piece of music is "Something with a juicy English horn part - Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer is pretty good." David is not a huge fan of marches but does like 'Liberty Bell' for the Monty Python connection. A fun fact about David is- "I don't particularly like playing oboe but it's a good way to get calls."He also loves playing woodwind pit doubling for musicals.
I have been an SCB member since 1996. I play clarinet. I joined the band after my first year of the Applied Music program at Mohawk College. I graduated in 1998 with Honours. Over the years, I have also played alto and bass clarinet. I have served on the executive for 11 years. I am currently Social Convenor and have also been the Librarian, Publicity Manager, Vice President, President, Past President and Chair of the 100th Anniversary Committee. I work for Zehr Insurance Brokers Ltd. as Human Resources and Finance Administrator. My favourite pieces to play are often from movie soundtracks. I loved playing Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, James Bond, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean. I’m missing my band family and I miss seeing our audience too. I find when I look at our audience, it is often like catching up with old friends. I may not get an opportunity to stop and chat, but I see you there supporting us. Thank you.
Jeff has spent the past thirty-five years as professional accountant, wishing he were a professional musician. Although Jeff works to pay the bills, his first passion has always been music. From the beginning where he attended an elementary school for the arts, to today where Jeff enjoys singing, guitar and saxophone. About fifteen years ago, after a 20-year hiatus from music Jeff began playing saxophone again in a community band in London Ontario and quickly remembered why he enjoyed music so much. Jeff was fortunate to share the stage with many talented musicians over the past twenty years, including his brother. Jeff has played tenor saxophone in several community bands and today plays and performs in three ensembles. Jeff had the privilege to join the Stratford Concert Band in 2019, and loves the challenge of trying to keep up with the rest of the musicians. Especially playing his favourite piece a challenging saxophone feature called Five to Go.
Ever present as Jeff continued in his spare time to play again was his deep passion for music. However, at the same time Jeff was able to use this in the boardroom where he could allow the unique creative side of his brain, so nurtured in music since childhood, to come up with innovative solutions.
Jeff enjoys in addition to music, his love for the great outdoors. Hiking, paddling, fishing and just listening to nature around him. He also enjoys carpentry, golf, hiking, serving on various non-profit boards and being a father to three, a grandfather to three, and a husband for the past forty-four years.
I joined SCB in 2005. I play in the flute section alongside my good friend Mandie Hann. I am a retired secondary school English/Drama/Dance/Philosophy teacher. Strange as it may seem, my undergraduate degree was actually in Music. Waltz No. 2 from Shostakovich 2nd Jazz Suite is seriously fun to play and impossible to sit still while doing so. However, my truly favourite piece is Mark Camphouse's Symphonic Prelude: The Cemetery at Colville-sur-mer. In fact, there is so much beautiful music that we have played on our Remembrance Day concerts, that if you were to ask me tomorrow, I might make a different choice. I really enjoying playing in this band. It's both fun and challenging. You can't beat that!
I hail from Tillsonburg and lived in Kirkland Lake for 24 years with Gord. During that time we were blessed with a daughter, Lisa and a son Christopher. Aside from being an elementary school teacher there I participated in the community choir there for many years.After moving to North Bay in 1986 I taught grade1 for 10 yrs. After retirement I became a quilter,learned to play the clarinet joined the J.O.Y. Concert Band(Just Older Youth), Nipissing University Student Band and a small ensemble called 'Second Wind'. My hobbies include spending time with our four granddaughters, reading, gardening, exercising, square dancing and travelling with my husband to some very interesting countries.We are both grateful for being included in the Stratford Concert Band.
I hail from Kirkland Lake On (gold mining community); elementary and secondary ed. there; North Bay Teachers' College, Univ. of Western On, post grad studies at U. of T and Ottawa U. followed by 58 years of teaching and administration from elementary to university levels.Principal; Education Officer(Ministry of Ed.) and Assistant Professor-Nipissing University teaching visual arts and teaching methodology. I am a practicing artist with a studio in my home on Trout Lake North Bay. Favorite media: watercolor and pen and ink Subject matter includes old landmarks. I have recently completed drawings of Perth County Court House and Stratford City Hall as limited edition prints.
My musical involvement began in grade 10 with a soprano sax, then tenor and clarinet. Aside from the high school band I began playing in dance bands the same year and the $5-$8.00 per 4 hour gig sure came in handy! Throughout my teaching career I have played in different dance bands, led my own groups , played pit band musicals (Mame, 42 Street etc.) and was lead clarinetist with the 22 Wing Band in North Bay. Hobbies include gardening, square dancing, travel and spending lots of time with family.