Lieutenant-Colonel Fran Chilton-Mackay
has recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces having served as the Senior Staff Officer Army Bands responsible to the Commander of the Army and as the Director of Music of the Governor General’s Foot Guards Band from 2005 - 2016. Prior to this she taught instrumental music for over twenty years in London, Brampton and Ottawa, Ontario. She was the 1999 recipient of the City of Nepean Distinguished Service Award for Arts & Culture, the City of Nepean 2000 Medal, and the 2000 Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Director’s Citation. Her concurrent military career began in 1976 as a Reserve musician with the 7 th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Toronto. Upon moving to Ottawa in 1986, and subsequent commissioning as an officer in 1987, she held various positions with the Canadian Forces at National Defence Headquarters. For her life time commitment to music and the advancement of musical pursuits within the Canadian Forces she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit in May 2007, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in May 2010; both honours bestowed by the Governor General. Fran is a clarinettist and is currently the Director of the Centralaires Concert Band in Ottawa.
Matt Farquhar
retired from the United States Marine Corps after thirty years of service as a Master Gunnery Sergeant and Bandmaster. During his service, he led many Marine Corps Bands for countless performances around the United States and abroad. He also served as Conducting Instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music and is a Master Training Specialist.

Currently, Matt serves as Co-founder, Director and CEO of a veteran musical organization, The Band of America’s Few. Their mission is, “To be the premier performing association for Veteran Marine Corps musicians, preserving and enhancing the time-honored traditions of military musicians, using representative music to inspire and instill patriotism”. Past performances include the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Estes Park Tattoo, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Air Force Memorial and Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Matt is married to his lovely wife Shannon and they have two children, Caleb and Caitlynn. Matt currently resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Steve Haines
(double bass) hails from Canada, where he proudly attended J.S. Woodsworth Secondary School in Nepean, Ontario and St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He finished is M.M. Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and now directs the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Steve is a current member of the Joey Calderazzo quartet and this past spring recorded with Peter Bernstein. He has played with Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Marsalis, Ralph Bowen, Joe Chambers, and Fred Wesley, among others. Albums as a leader, Beginner's Mind and The Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom have received international critical acclaim. His current writing project is for Becca Stevens, Chad Eby and full symphony orchestra, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Steve would like to thank his middle and high school teachers, Laurie Hamilton, Geoff Linklater, Fran Chilton-McKay, and Neil Yorke-Slader for their support, and all of the opportunities to play. Steve and his wife Kim are expecting twins in January, 2017.
If Lucas Haneman's musicianship could be summed up in two words, expressive and soulful are the first that come to mind. Though his guitar sound reaches beyond genres, his years studying Jazz have informed his Blues, Funk and Rock playing to create a sound that is full of fire and constant musical curiosity. His vocal talents and melodic sense are the icing on the cake, that grab the listener, and keep them on their toes.

Haneman started playing the guitar at age 6, originally focusing on folk and blues, but began delving into jazz and alternative rock as a teenager. While in high school he performed in many national jazz bands and received a CBC Galaxy Rising star Award at the 2005 Ottawa International Jazz festival. Most recently Lucas has been focusing on writing, recording and performing original music with his project "The Lucas Haneman Express", who in the short span of 2 and a half years have released 2 full length Albums, have recorded at legendary Sun Studios in Memphis TN, and were semi-finalists at the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge in January 2016.

Haneman's most recent side project has been acting as musical director, and lead guitarist for Sony Music artist Michelle Treacy, who had a#17 hit on the Canadian pop chart with her song "Armageddon" in late 2016. He had the great honour of traveling to London England in March 2015 to perform at the International Visually Impaired Musicians Lives conference. He performed solo and with Terry Kelley (a Canadian song writing treasure). Lucas was a faculty member alongside many internationally renowned guitarists including the likes of Canadian finger style legend Don Ross and American jazz guitarist Ben Monder at a large festival called Guitar Now (held at Carleton University in May 2013). He received an Astral Media Emerging artist award in May 2011 at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, was granted first place in the CNIB’s 2010 Nationwide I Factor competition, and in 2008 received the prestigious "Oscar Peterson" scholarship from Concordia University (where he graduated in 2010 with great distinction and a Jazz Studies specialization).

Haneman has also been an active teacher since the age of 16, and continues to teach in addition to his busy performance schedule. He has been fortunate to have opened for or perform alongside artists such as The legendary Down Childs Blues Band, Jerome Godboo, Tal Wilkenfeld, The John Butler Trio, Curtis Fuller, David Newman, Jeff Healy, James Cotton, singer songwriter David Usher, Sloan, and Don Ross just to name a few. He has performed at The Ottawa Bluesfest, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mountain Man Festival, as well as venues such as The National Arts Centre (Ottawa), The Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield Qc), The Upstairs Jazz Club (Montreal), Hughes room (Toronto), and The Rex (Toronto).

“It is fundamental that a great performer approaches every performance as if it is their last. Lucas Haneman absolutely does that. He always leaves a part of himself on that stage.” .... industry professional and Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex speaking at the I Factor 2010.

“Haneman, a guitarist with an almost frighteningly broad stylistic reach and tone that ranged from clean and warm to distorted and aggressive”. .... John Kelman, All about Jazz Magazine, (July 12/05), Review of Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
Joseph Manfredo
is an Associate Professor 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 the Chicago area, 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 United States and Canada. His collegiate bands have been selected to perform at national, regional, and state conferences. Since August 2011, he has been conductor of the Festival Band for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

Manfredo has presented lectures and clinics at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, national conferences for the National Association for Music Educators, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, the Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Biennual Colloquium, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has made presentations at state music conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, California, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, and internationally in China, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, and 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. He also 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; and he is on the editorial board for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).

Dr. Manfredo is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Midwest Clinic. He was the recipient of the 2015 Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by the Illinois Music Education Association. Also, he was the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Bandmaster Award by the XI Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmasters Fraternity).
Dave Neill

Born and raised in Ottawa, saxophonist Dave Neill moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Alex Dean and Mike Murley.
Now a full-time professor at Humber College, Dave is the Academic Advisor and teaches a variety of courses, including Music Business. Furthermore, Dave plays a role mentoring the next generation of performers at the Youth In The City Summer Jazz Workshop and the IMC Jazz Camp. Previously, he taught at the University of Toronto from 2004-2016 and the Humber College Community Music School from 2000-2015.
Working as a performer, adjudicator and clinician, Dave is active on the freelance scene, including jobs with Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, Frankie Valli, Regis Philbin and Nikki Yanofsky.
Dave completed his Master’s in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto, and has released two CDs as a leader. His debut quartet CD “All In” featured his original compositions, while his follow-up CD “Daylight” was named as one of the top Canadian Jazz CDs of 2014 by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen.
Jeffrey Reynolds
teaches trumpet and conducting, as well as conducting the Wind Symphony, and for 5 years was the Coordinator of the Performance Division. He holds a Ph.D. in the philosophy of music education and a M.M. in trumpet performance. Dr. Reynolds has performed and recorded as a trumpeter with the Calgary Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Stratford Festival Ensemble and the Orchestra of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as well as many other orchestral, chamber and solo performances. Prior to the University of Toronto, Dr. Reynolds taught at Malaspina College and McMaster University and for several years was an instrumental specialist with the Scarborough Board of Education. Dr. Reynolds is the author of a trumpet pedagogy book in the Dummies series, Trumpet for Dummies, has recently completed the compilation of trumpet repertoire for the Royal Conservatory of Music, along with Dr. Gillian Mackay, and contributes articles to several journals. He frequently conducts workshops in southern Ontario schools, and is in demand as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.
Mike Tremblay is a native of Ottawa with more than 30 years in the music industry as a saxophonist, woodwind specialist, and educator. 
He is an associate performance faculty member at Carleton University where he teaches saxophone, ensembles, jazz improvising, and is the co-founder and director of the annual Carleton University Jazz Camp. He adjudicates for Musicfest Canada and the Kiwanis music Festival. Mike founded and directs the annual Ottawa Saxophone Camp.
Mike frequently performs with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and many other ensembles around the Ottawa Area, including the Cosmos Saxophone Quartet. Some of his Performance credits include; Natalie Cole, Alanis Morissette, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, John Pizzarelli,and Aretha Franklin. 
Some of his Theatre credits include; The Book of Mormon (International tour), Billy Elliott (International tour),Hairspray ( Charlottetown Festival, PEI ), Oliver (NAC English Theatre),The Producers, The Drowsey Chapperone, and Les Miserables. 
Mike released the duo cd “Home” with Mark Ferguson in 2009. His most recent release is with the Mike Tremblay Trio (with Tim Bedner on Guitar and Ben Heard on Bass)entitled “Live at Gigspace."