Dennis Beck
Dennis Beck earned two undergraduate degrees from Western University, and completed a graduate program in conducting from the University of Calgary. In addition to teaching experience at the junior and senior high school levels, he has been a sessional lecturer for the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto, conducted at Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton for several years, and played clarinet with the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and the CBC's Edmonton Wind Ensemble. He founded the Ontario chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the international band director’s fraternal organization, and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association. He served as a vice-president of the Alberta Band Association, was a founding director of the Ontario Band Association and is a past-president of the OBA. For several years he was a facilitator for student leaders at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre. His articles on music education have appeared in several professional journals, and since 2000 he has written analyses of band compositions for different volumes of the highly regarded series of music texts, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, published by GIA in Chicago.  Recognized as an advocate for excellence in conducting, he co-founded the Unionville Wind Conductors’ Symposium 1994. In the fall of 2008, he was one of ten alumni of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University in London, Ontario, named as the inaugural recipients of the university’s Wall of Fame honour. In 2011, the OBA recognized him with an Honourary Lifetime Membership, and also that year he was named to the Advisory Board of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Canadian Band Association’s National Band Award, joining a list of 23 other Canadian musicians who had been so honoured since 1976. For twenty years he taught music, coached soloists and chamber ensembles, and conducted bands at Unionville High School’s Arts York program, in Markham. Most recently, he has been a faculty member at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario, where he was conductor of the Symphonic Band and taught music education and conducting.
Billy Bouffard
Billy Bouffard is originally from Princeville, Quebec. In 2003, he obtained a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Dick Oatts and Dave Liebman. Billy received his Bachelor
of Fine Arts in Jazz Interpretation with distinction from Concordia University in 1998. He took part in three major jazz workshop: The Lake Placid Jazz Seminars in New York, The Jazz Workshops at the Banff Center for the Arts and The Carnegie Hall Jazz Workshop in New York. During those workshops Billy was able to study and play with amazing musicians such as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman,Tim Haggans, Dick Oatts, Dave Douglas, John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Judy Silvano, Hugh Fraser, Rufus Reid, Kenny Baron and Cecil Bridgewater.

Billy is an active freelancing musician on the Montreal scene and he loves playing all the saxophones as well as flute and clarinet. We can hear him with the Funkxie Groove Band or with Jocelyn Couture's MF Project Tribute to Maynard Ferguson. Active as a saxophone/jazz band specialist for many high schools in the province, Billy is also a Yamaha Canada and Legere Reeds Artist Clinician. Billy teaches saxophone at the Montreal Jazz Festival Blues Camp, Cegep de Drummondville and Concordia University.
Alain Cazes
Alain Cazes was principal tuba with the Paraïba State Orchestra in Brazil and professor at the Federal University of Paraïba. He has taught at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and the Université de Montréal, where he was in charge of Wind orchestras, brass department, teaching tuba and conducting. He adjudicates regularly at several Music Festivals and Competitions. He teaches during the summer at the Orford Art Center, Domaine Forget, and the Simposio Internazionale d’Ottoni in Italy. He has been director of the Orchestre Métropolitain Choir and is currently Musical Director of the Montreal Pop Orchestra. He is also principal tuba of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal under Yanick Nézet-Séguin. He is a full time Professor at McGill University, where he conducts the Wind Orchestra and teaches conducting. He has written numerous arrangements for a variety of instrumental ensembles published by GAM. He is Vice-President of CIME music.
Nicholas Dyson
Nicholas Dyson is one of Ottawa’s busiest trumpeters. He performs regularly with The Beeched Wailers, Prime Rib Big Band, The Bank Street Bonbons, Los Gringos, Rob Frayne’s Dream Band, The Yohawks and The Pharoahs. Nicholas has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Capital Brassworks, and many musical theatre shows such as Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical, A Chorus Line, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Drowsy Chaperone and The Producers. Nicholas has also worked with Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Kim Massie, Jamie Cullum, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters, The Four Tops, Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Patrick Watson and Broken Social Scene.Nicholas has contributed to albums by Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Tilda, That’s The Spirit, SoulJazz Orchestra, Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays, Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers, The Yohawks, Orienteers, Phil Motion & the Easy Lo-Fi, Delbert & the Commotions, Krytal Jyl & the Jacks, Peter & the Wolves, plus a live concert recording for CBC Radio Canada with Los Gringos. The Beeched Wailers independently released their debut recording “The Johnson Lake Sessions” in December of 2015.In addition to maintaining a busy private trumpet studio, Nicholas is the director of Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra. CYJO is an educationally driven jazz big band, made up primarily of students from area universities that made their debut in April 2009. Nicholas teaches at Carleton University Jazz Camp, and hosts Trumpet Boot Camp at Alcorn Music Studios.

Lauren Falls
Canadian bassist Lauren Falls has come a long way from the small town of Port Alberni, BC and has made a big impact over the last 9 years on the New York jazz performance scene. Having toured all over North America, Ms. Falls has performed at the Kennedy Center and at jazz festivals including The Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in Washington DC, Ottawa International Jazz Festival and has been performing frequently at staple New York venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe, and Fat Cat.
Ms. Falls has been an artist-in-residence at The Betty Carter jazz ahead program, has performed at The Rivinia Steans Institute and was a member of The Sisters in Jazz of the IAJE. Lauren Falls has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Dave Douglas, Mike Stern, and Seamus Blake. Primarily a performer with an unexpectedly strong command of the bass, Ms. Falls is also an accomplished composer having performed her original music with her self-titled group extensively in Canada and the US. Lauren Falls holds a masters degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music as well as a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Humber College in Toronto, having studied with Mike Downs, Don Thompson, Denny Christanson, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Jay Anderson, and Justin Diccicio. Additional coaches include James Moody, David Baker, Billy Childs, Nathan Davis, Geri Allen and John Clayton.
Lauren Falls is sponsored by Steve's Music Store
Sharon Fitsimmins
Sharon Fitzsimmins, Mus. 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, examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music and a conductor at the National Music Camp of Canada . She has received numerous teaching, professional development and leadership awards including Teacher of the Year. In November 2006, Sharon received the highest award from the OMEA, an Honorary Life Membership. Sharon is currently the Chair of the Concert Band Division for Musicfest Canada. 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.

Kevin Hamlin
Recently retired, Kevin Hamlin has been appointed to be Yamaha’s first Educator-in-Residence. (See ) Kevin’s near 30-year career highlighted some of the highest music student retention rates in Canada.
Kevin was Arts Department Leader and Music Department Head at Collingwood Collegiate for 29 years, building one of the largest and most diverse programs in the province of Ontario. In 2015, he was awarded the Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director (2015) by MusicFest Canada. Kevin has been a presenter at provincial music conferences from coast to coast, including British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia, on a wide range of topics. He has been a guest speaker at University music programs, Faculties of Education, and School Board workshops. His is in demand as a workshop clinician and adjudicator for school Boards and individual schools across the country. Kevin was awarded the Collingwood Arts Award in 2015 and the Order of Collingwood in 2016.

David Lum
David Lum is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Mus. Bac. /Ed. 1988, B. Ed. 1990) and completed the Graduate Diploma program in Wind Conducting at the University of Calgary in the summer of 2001. He is a past conductor of the Scarborough School’s Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony, and has served as a Senior Administrator of the Scarborough Music Camp. David served as the Conductor of the Northern Ontario Music Festival Honour Band from 2008-2011, and is a past conductor of the Toronto Youth Concert Winds, and Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. In June of 2016, David was featured as a Guest Conductor for TYWO's 25th Anniversary Tour of New York City, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall. David served on the board of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) from 2000 to 2015. He initiated the creation of the Awards and Scholarships Committee, and served as Chair of the committee since its inception in 2004, to 2014. David is a Past President of the Ontario Band Association (OBA), and currently serves as President of the Lambda Iota chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity. Other professional affiliations/memberships include the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and the Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA). An active adjudicator and clinician, David has worked with students from across Canada and the United States, and is a site director for the Trills and Thrills Canada’s Wonderland Festival, held each May/June. At present, David is with the Toronto District School Board, where he is the Curriculum Leader of Music at Agincourt Collegiate Institute. The 2013-2014 school year marked his 25th year with the TDSB. Ensembles under his direction have been recognized for excellence both provincially and nationally, and have performed at Roy Thompson Hall, Massey Hall and the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as the Ontario Provincial Legislature. David was a sessional instructor of the Summer Additional Qualifications course in Instrumental Music for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, from 2008- 201, and currently teaches the Tuba/Euphonium studio at York University. In 2009, David received an Honourary Life Membership from the Ontario Band Association, and in May of the same year, was awarded the Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award at MusicFest Canada’s “The Nationals”. In December 2012, David was inducted as a Laureate of the Legion of Honour for the John Philip Sousa Society. David is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician
Bryan Stovell
Bryan taught music in Nanaimo for 50 years. Since 1997 he served as Chair of MusicFest Canada’s Jazz and Concert Band Divisions and is currently a Board member. He also taught Jazz Pedagogy at Vancouver Island University and was Chairman of the Music Department until he retired again in 2015.
Bryan’s school bands won many provincial and national awards and his groups have performed in Japan, Europe, the US and in every major city in Canada. Many of his former students are professional musicians and music educators, the best known being international stars Diana Krall, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, and Carmella Luvisotto.
Bryan is a MusicFest Canada Hall of Fame member, recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award for both BC and Canada, BCMEA’s Professional Music Educator Award, and the City Of Nanaimo Excellence in Culture Award.
What Bryan enjoys most is working with music students of all ages.
Paul Tynan
Paul is a Professor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University, where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz theory, and arranging. He also co-leads the “BiCoastal Collective” with Grammy-winning saxophonist Aaron Lington. has released ten recording as a leader/co-leader on the Origin/OA2, Armored, and NohJoh labels. Paul has also served on the faculties of San Jose State University, Chabot College, Nova Scotia Honour Jazz Program, and University of North Texas Summer Trumpet Workshop, and is a past co-director of the Acadia Summer Jazz Workshop. He has performed with numerous jazz artists including the Grammy-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, Clark Terry and Bob BrookmeyerPaul received his Masters degree 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 Nova Scotia Department of Culture Grants to compose new works. He is listed in the “Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians” edited by Dr. Louis Porter.
Paul Tynan is sponsored by Long & McQuade Music