Colin Clarke
A recipient of the Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin Clarke’s credits include collaboration with world-renowned artists and ensembles including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts,  the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, trumpet virtuoso Allan Vizzutti, the Canadian Brass and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. 

Colin is best known for his work with the multi-award winning Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, a group he started as a high school student.  For over two decades this ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada. Under Colin’s baton, the Wind Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and returned in the spring of 2011 for another performance at New York's famed concert hall to mark its 20th anniversary.  

With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has conducted numerous bands, orchestras and choirs throughout Canada and the U.S., and has lead the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In the spring of 2008 he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada. 

Colin Clarke remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and composer/arranger.  He is the newly-appointed Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and recently served at McMaster University as conductor of the McMaster Chamber Orchestra.

Colin's participation this year has been generously sponsored by St. John's Music Ltd.

Jonathan Dagenais holds a Masters degree (M.Mus) in Wind Orchestra Conducting from McGill University, supervised by Mr. Alain Cazes and a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the Université de Montréal.

In addition to band/orchestra conducting and CEGEP/University teaching (musical theory, composition, analysis, ear training, musicianship and conducting), Mr. Dagenais is pursuing a career as a composer for wind orchestra. His works have been performed repeatedly by many Canadian University ensembles, they appear on several professional recordings and some of them are listed in the MusicFest Canada’s concert band syllabus since 2009. Mr. Dagenais’s works are currently published throughout Canada by GAM Publishing and throughout Europe, America and Asia by the belgium music Publisher Hafabra.

Since 2005, Mr. Dagenais has acted as the conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre à Vents Non Identifié (OVNI), a Montreal wind orchestra he co-­‐founded. This ensemble is dedicated to collaborative and active listening, orchestral tone quality, refined interpretation as well as adopting a humoristic approach.

Mr. Dagenais is frequently hired by musical summer camps in Québec (Asbestos, CAMMAC) to conduct orchestras, bands and chamber music groups. He's been guest conductor of some Canadian Honor's Band (PEI, Quebec and Harmonie FAMEQ). He is also regularly asked to adjudicate and/or to give clinics at many Canadian Musical Contests or Festivals (MusicFest, Atlantic Band Festival, Toronto Festival of Music, St. John’s Rotary Music Festival, etc.).

For the 2010-­‐2011 academic year, Jonathan has been the McGill Wind Symphony conductor and artistic director, replacing Mr Alain Cazes. He is now an instructor at McGill for the "Instrumental Conducting" class. 

Jonathan Dagenais’s official web site:


Mark Ferguson is an Ottawa based pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and music educator.

He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, Manteca, The Funk Brothers and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

As a composer, his credits include the CBC television series Life & Times, Cottage Country, and On the Road Again. Mark has written a film score entitled Transformation for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and created the music for Corel’s video editing software Lumiere. His original compositions are featured in Treehouse Television’s series Toy Castle, advertising jingles for radio and T.V. and in the recordings of various artists.

Mark has written musical arrangements for a wide range of groups including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the RCMP Band, the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, the HMCS Stadacona Band, the Winnipeg and Edmonton Armed Forces Bands, and his own Latin-jazz ensemble Los Gringos.

Mark is a professor at Carleton University’s department of music and directs the Carleton Jazz Ensemble. He has served as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada.

Mark's participation this year has been generously sponsored by Steve's Music Store


Sharon FitzsimminsMus. Bac, B.Ed, is a respected educator, international adjudicator, clinician and conductor. She is past president of The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) and was co-editor of The Recorder for 8 years, conductor at National Music Camp of Canada and examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music. She has recently been appointed the Chair of the Concert Band division of MusicFest Canada.  She has received numerous teaching, professional development and leadership awards. In November 2006, Sharon received the highest award from the OMEA, an Honorary Life Membership. Sharon is proud to have taught for thirty years at Barrie North Collegiate where she conducted award winning bands and choirs. She has written three teacher resources and  a collection of stories called It Made Me Laugh, It Made Me cry. Stories From the Music Room. 

Sharon's participation this year has been generously sponsored by St. John's Music Ltd.


Glen Gillis, Professor of Music at the University of Saskatchewan teaches saxophone, mused courses, undergraduate and graduate conducting, and conducts the concert band. 

His teaching career began in 1979 in the Saskatoon Public School System where his jazz and concert bands quickly became known provincially and nationally (Canadian Stage Band Festival/MusicFest Canada) for their advanced musical maturity. During this time he was also a sessional lecturer at the U of S teaching jazz band techniques and saxophone minors. After receiving graduate degrees in 1988 and 1995, Dr. Gillis taught at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri and Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, instructing courses/ensembles relating to saxophone/woodwinds, music education, jazz, and wind conducting. In 2001 he returned to Canada to become a faculty member in the Department of Music at the U of S. 

Dr. Gillis’ diverse performance career and musical experience has spanned over three decades in the realms of classical and jazz. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician, and has maintained a busy schedule as a saxophone soloist, having performed at many North American Saxophone Alliance and World Saxophone Conferences, guest soloist with various ensembles, and having served as an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta on five occasions. In June 2012 he partook in a five-city/university saxophone performance tour of China. Dr. Gillis has provided numerous clinics at high schools and colleges over his career and matriculated dozens of saxophone students who have received provincial and national awards.

As a guest conductor, his appearances have included the Saskatoon Symphony, the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, and Provincial Honour Bands. He has contributed many articles that appear in the Canadian Music Educator and Canadian Winds on the subjects of woodwind pedagogy, conducting, and music education. He has provided adjudications in Canada and the United States and has presented papers/clinics at WASBE, CBDNA, TMEA, NASA/WSC, and The Midwest Clinic. As an associate of SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada), he has published compositions for saxophone, and band through Eighth Note Publications.

In 2005, 2007, and 2009 the U of S Wind Orchestra under his tutelage released three commercial CDs (Winds of the Prairie: A Celebration, Lilium: A Celebration, and Innovare: A Celebration, respectively). In 2009 he released SaxSpectrum through the MSR Classics label (MS1328) performing and displaying many of his compositions and commissioned works, all world premiere recordings. Recently international music magazines such as American Music Guide, BBC Music Magazine, and Gramophone gave stellar reviews of his CD. Later in 2014 he will release a sequel album SaxSpectrum II.

Dr. Gillis’ professional affiliations include WASBE, CBDNA, NAfME, SOCAN, NASA, SBA/CBA, SMEA/CMEA, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. His degrees include a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Other information and sound clips of Dr. Gillis performing can be found at or


Shelley M. Jagow, (Ph. D); Professor of Music at Wright State University, is director of the [ ]Symphonic Band and [ ]Saxophone Quartet; and professor of Saxophone and Music Education. She is a Selmer and D'Addario Artist Clinician for saxophone, as well as a music education clinician for Conn-Selmer, Hal Leonard and Meredith Music. She has presented clinics and performances at several State Music Educators Conferences as well as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance), ISME (International Society for Music Education, CMS (College Music Symposium), and the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. She has published numerous articles in periodicals and her nationally recognized student saxophone quartet released their first commercial CD [ ]Avion Saxophone Quartet on [ ] Shelley has been previously nominated for both the "Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching" Award and the "Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research" Award.

Shelley is a contributing author to both The Music Director’s Cookbook (Meredith), and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (GIA). Shelley also authored the book and DVD Teaching Instrumental Music: Developing the Complete Band Program (Meredith Music)—a resource rapidly becoming the adopted textbook for music education degree study across the United States and Canada. Her recent publications include Tuning for Wind Instruments: A Roadmap to Successful Intonation  (Meredith), Intermediate Studies for Developing Artists on the Saxophone (Meredith), and The Londeix Lectures—a multi-dvd set archiving the historical lectures of Jean-Marie Londeix (and translated by William Street) available at [ ] Website:  [ ]

Christine Jensen Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,”- The Globe and Mail. According to Downbeat Magazine, “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” 

Jensen took home the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year with her first band album, Treelines in 2011, along with Quebec’s Opus Award for jazz recording of the year. In October 2013, she released her second recording as a big band leader, soloist and composer on Justin-Time Records, entitled Habitat. It received a rare 5 star review in Downbeat Magazine. [It] is simply superb, a lyrical, powerful triumph with peak moments that are the stuff of goosebumps and even a bit of teariness.”-Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen. 

Jensen has previously released three small ensemble recordings: Collage (2000), A Shorter Distance (2002), and Look Left (2006), all on the Montrel-based Effendi label. Along with her sister, New York-based trumpeter Ingrid Jensen she co-leads Nordic Connect, where they have released to recordings on ArtistShare. 

She has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, including Ben Monder, Gary Smuylan, Dick Oatts, Geoffrey Keezer, Lenny Pickett, Gary Versace, and Donny McCaslin. She has toured her music internationally to India, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, and Haiti. She currently holds the position of conductor of the orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, and is on faculty at University of Sherbrooke and McGill University.  


Tim Malloch B.Mus., C.Ens., was born in Nova Scotia where he began studying the flute at the age of 14. During the three next years, he developed his woodwind skills and was recipient of nine awards and scholarships and at the age of 17 was accepted into the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Brass and percussion techniques were studied in the bands of the Canadian Armed Forces and he reinforced his conducting talents with Howard Cable and Bobby Herriot. In 1990, Tim won the Montreal Pro Musica Scholarship and has shared his talents with over 60 musical groups, throughout Canada and the United States. He has performed in over a thousand concerts with nearly 70 recordings for CBC and SRC radio and television networks. Tim now plays and teaches music in Montreal where he is in high demand as a performer and as an adjudicator, most recently with Musicfest Quebec, the Toronto International Music Festival, the Yamaha Soloist and Small Ensembles Competition, Capitol Region Musicfest and since 2005, Musicfest Canada.

Joseph Manfredo is an Associate Professor of Music for the School of Music at Illinois State University. At ISU, Manfredo is the Coordinator of Music Education and teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental music education. In addition, he is coordinator of the student teaching program.

Originally from Calumet City, Illinois, Manfredo received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Earl Boyd and piano with Dr. Catherine Smith. His graduate studies included a Master of Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from EIU and a Doctorate of Music Education from the University of Illinois. During his doctoral residency, Manfredo was awarded the band conducting internship to study with the legendary Dr. Harry Begian. In addition, he also studied with Gary Smith and James Curnow. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Fritz Thelan Prize by the International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music (IGEB) in 1994. The Thelan Prize was for “the outstanding American doctoral dissertation on the wind band, 1990 – 1994”.

Professor Manfredo is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has conducted various All-State Bands and Honor Bands throughout the mid-west and southeast United States. Since August 2011, he has been conductor of the Festival Band for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. In January 2012, he was appointed music director and conductor of the Prairie Wind Ensemble, a semi-professional community band.

In addition, he has presented lectures and clinics at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference national conference, College Band Directors National Association national conference, National Band Association national conference, Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Biennual Colloquium, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has made presentations at state music conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, and internationally in Shanghai China, Mainz Germany, Echternach, Luxembourg, Graz Austria, Coimbra, Portugal, and in various cities throughout Brazil.

Manfredo has published journal articles in the Groves Dictionary of Music, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Instrumentalist, Illinois Music Educators Journal, and the Alta Musica series. In addition, he was asked to write The Conductor’s Manual for the Essentials of Musicianship series published by Hal Leonard. Dr. Manfredo serves as the chief editor of the MitteilungsBlatt, one of the publications for IGEB, the International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music. Also, he is on the editorial board for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. In January 2013, the Illinois chapter of Phi Beta Mu (National Honorary Band Profession) selected Manfredo as the 2013 Illinois Outstanding Bandmaster.

Paul Tynan The International Trumpet Guild has stated that downbeat award winning trumpet player and composer, Paul Tynan’s “Creative Genius Shines”.

He is presently an Associate Professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz history, and arranging. He also co-leads the “BiCoastal Collective”, an ensemble dedicated to performing new jazz composition across North America.  Paul’s new CD: Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter Three (OA2 Records) has received worldwide attention. He has released seven other albums as a leader: Ocean Sounds Quartet: Live a Ship’s Company Theatre (Armored Records), Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter Two (OA2 Records), Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter One (OA2 Records), Radio Infrequency (Nohjoh Music), Digital/ Spiritual (Nohjoh Music), NJPT (Nohjoh Music), and Freedom and Jealousy (Nohjoh Music).

Paul has also served on the faculties of San Jose State University, Chabot College, Nova Scotia Honor Jazz Program, and University of North Texas Summer Trumpet Workshop and was co-director of the Acadia Summer Jazz Workshop. He has performed with numerous jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Jim Black, Django Bates, Terry Gibbs, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Joel Frahm, and Matt Wilson.

As a jazz recording artist Paul has appeared on over sixty recordings, as a trumpet player, composer and/or arranger, along side such musicians as Lynn Seaton, Marcus Wolfe, Stockton Helbing, David Braid, Aaron Lington, Joel Fountain, Bobby Selvaggio, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Dan Haerle, Ben Street, and Jamey Haddad. 

Paul received his Masters in jazz studies from University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow in jazz improvisation, large jazz ensembles and a member of the internationally acclaimed, Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Paul has recently received Canada Council for the Arts grants and a Nova Scotia Department of Culture Grants to compose new works for chamber jazz ensemble. He is listed in the “Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians” edited by Dr. Louis Porter. 

Paul is an Edwards Trumpet and Flugel Horn Artist