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Jump To Faculty for ;  Under 12 programs:   Choral:   Instrumental 

  Guitar:   Jazz:  Conductors:  Composer:

Artistic Director:

Ridley Gilmore taught music and other subjects for 31 years in Bruce Country schools. In his spare time, he plays tenor and bass trombone in local musical groups. Ridley holds a Mus. Bac. from McMaster U. and B. Ed. from U of T.



Assistant to the Artistic Director: 

Kim Lake is an alumni camper at Summer Music and currently lives in Saugeen Shores. She is presently a music teacher in the Blue Water District School Board. Kim is an accomplished violinist, holds an Honours BA (Music) from the University of  Waterloo and a Masters of Teaching from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.


 Recreation Director:

Robin Gibson is a retired Phys. Ed. Teacher in Wiarton. Robin enjoys coaching a local baseball team. Robin holds a B.A. from McMaster University.


  Sound Technician

Brian Mombourquette


Under 12 Programs    

Tots & Tunes:

 Gillian McManaman is thrilled to be part of the Southampton Summer music program. She is a graduate of York University with a B.A. and B.Ed. She currently teaches at Derby Public School and specializes in vocal music. She also teaches grade 7/8 instrumental music and has an amazing band thanks to the volunteer help of her big brother Ken Farrar. She is a member of the G.B.C.C. in Owen Sound and was once a member of the band Arrandale.


 Tammy Kroezen is an elementary music teacher with the Bluewater Board of Education. She keeps busy as a director of worship at Sauble Christian Fellowship. Tammy holds an Honours Bachelor of Music in composition and a Master of Science in Education from Wilfrid Laurier University.


 Musical Beginnings:

Bonnie Perry is a certified instructor for Kindermusic and an enthusiastic advocate for early childhood education.



 Nicholas Perry

Instrumental Beginnings

Melanie Mooney

Jo Reid


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Angela Burns is on the staff of The Singer’s Theatre in Waterloo and has had many roles in both musical theatre and opera. She holds a Bachelor of Music, Performance Voice from Wilfred Laurier University and a Diploma (Opera) Wilfred Laurier University.


 Diane Eaton is a piano teacher, church organist and choir director, Knox Presbyterian Church, Kincardine. She has raised a family of 4 children. Diane has her ARCT in Piano Pedagogy and Master of Theological Studies.


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Jamie Baxter performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar and electric bass guitar. He is a frequent performer in recitals and corporate events and maintains a private studio in Meaford. Jamie holds a Diploma of Applied Arts, Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology



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Mike Grace has been a professional musician most of his life. From playing ranch parties and road houses in Texas to touring the world with his trio or quartet, Mike has made performing classical and jazz music his passion. He was named a Disney-McDonald’s performing Arts Teacher in 1996. His Jazz program at Community High School in Ann Arbour was internationally recognized for award winning small combos. Mike has had the great fortune to perform with many great jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Mancini and Rob McConnell.

Steve James is a teacher for the Hamilton Board of Education and an active freelance artist in the Greater Toronto area. He is a former member of the Georgian Bay Symphony and Stardust Big Band. Steve holds a Bachelor of Music, McMaster University. 


   JOHN McLELLAND, Piano and Keyboards, has performed with many of Canada's jazz notables including singers Trish Colter, Jackie Richardson, Heather Bambrick and instrumentalists Phil Nimmons, Rick Wilkins, Peter Appleyard, Dave McMurdo, Ted Warren, Duncan Hopkins and Mike Malone as well as American jazzers Louis Smith and Mike Grace. He holds Bachelor of Music ( Honours ) and Bachelor of Education degrees from The University of Western Ontario, studied at The Banff School for the Performing Arts and spent three years in New Zealand teaching Jazz and Improvisation at James Hargest College.

Perrin Grace is a New York City based musician mostly working as a freelance bassist. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a Master's from Manhattan School of Music. Perrin often performs with AMP Trio, his co-lead project with 3 albums, almost a dozen side-projects and tours in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Most recently AMP Trio and vocalist Tahira Clayton won the grand-prize at the Washington D.C. Jazz-Prix putting them in the line-up for the 2018 D.C. Jazz Festival.

Tahira Clayton has been charming audiences with her honest vocal delivery and charismatic energy since age 10 from her roots in Texas to notable jazz venues throughout the United States and Canada. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Music with an emphasis on Vocal Jazz. As a knowledgeable and talented urban contemporary jazz vocalist and band leader, Tahira has established herself as a true musical force in the world of jazz. She continues to write, perform, and record as a jazz vocalist in New York City.

 Scott Neary hails from Wabush, Labrador, Scott holds a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas, where he played with the award winning One O'ClockLab Band, and can be heard on their 2013 release Lab 2013. Before returning to Canada, Scott was a professor of music at UDLA in Quito, Ecuador. He now calls Toronto home, and can be seen performing with bluegrass outfit The Hit Pickers, power trio Your Future Ex-Boyfriends, Unidentified Funk Object, Ilios Steryanis' Bethany Project, and as a singer-songwriter.



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Festival Winds Conductor:

David Leach has been the Director of Bands at Ann Arbour High School since 2002. His Sr. Band performed on an international stage recently touring China and playing in New York’s Carnegie Hall. David holds a Masters in Music Ed. at Eastern Michigan University.  

Senior Band Conductor:

Scott Harrison teaches music Markham District High School. He coordinates the  chamber music program of over 15 ensembles from grade 9-12.  Scott is  President-Elect of the Ontario Band Association and coordinates the Provincial  Honour Band and OBA Regional Elementary Honour Bands. Scott is also on  faculty at the Interprovincial Music Camp in Parry Sound, where he conducts the  concert band.  


Intermediate Band Conductor:

Lesley Hallett has taught grade 1- 8 vocal and instrumental music for 25 years in Hamilton and Owen Sound. Her school bands have placed provincially in the Kiwanis Music Festival. She is an alumnus of the Niagara Youth Orchestra (trombone) and an accomplished pianist. She holds an Honours B.Music (Education) from Western University, an A.R.C.T in Piano Performance and a B.Ed from Brock University.


 Junior Band Conductor:

 Matthew Patterson   received his Honours (B. Mus) from Queen's University in 2003 along with his (B. Ed) in 2006. He was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for eight years, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2004-2005. He is currently employed with the Bluewater District School Board, and has eight extra-curricular ensembles that compete at various festivals. In 2015, Matthew won gold at MusicFest Nationals with his Senior Concert Band. He is thrilled to be a part of Summer Music 2016.

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Meryl Gillmore is the Principal Flute player for the Georgian Bay Symphony and the Chapel Winds. In her day job, she is a music teacher at G. C. Huston School in Southampton and she gives private flute lessons in her spare time. Meryl is also a member of the Orchid Trail Quintet. Meryl holds a Bachelor of Music (Education) from the University of Western Ontario.


  Laurel Swinden is the Principal Flute of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and has performed in orchestras throughout Ontario. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, Laurel teaches flute at the University of Guelph, and is an instructor for Western University’s Department of Music Education. Dr. Swinden earned her DMA in Flute Performance from the University of Toronto.


Jacki Edwards  is a Music Teacher with York Region District School Board and is a member of the Guelph Concert Band. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.




Heather Willmes is a music teacher at Grey Highlands Secondary School, an oboist in the Georgian Bay Symphony and a member of Cricket Vocal Ensemble. Heather holds a B. Mus. and B. Ed from Wilfred Laurier University.




Adriene Mackenzie is a Music teacher at Walkerton District Community School and a founding member and Principal Clarinet of the Chapel Winds. She holds a bachelor of Music from Queen’s University.


Rob Tite is the Principal Clarinetist with the Georgian Bay Symphony and gives private clarinet Instruction. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Toronto. 



Christine Mclean  Christine is a clarinetist in the Georgian Bay Symphony and works as a freelance clarinetist.





Tracey Frank incorporates performance psychology into her lessons to help her students deal with the stress of performing. As a result, her students have been highly successful in competitions, exams, and (most importantly) having fun performing in front of people! All students receive extensive coaching in fundamental techniques and always have input with regard to the music they wish to play. Tracey holds a Master of Music from Duquesne University, where she studied with the legendary saxophonist James Houlik and worked with renowned jazz artists/pedagogues Mike Tomaro and Sean Jones. 

Josh Crouch is a Music teacher with the Kitchener/Waterloo District School Board. He is also a Saxophonist in the Kitchener Musical Society Community Band. Josh holds a Bachelor of Music from Wilfred Laurier University.



 Brian Ball plays saxophone, clarinet, and sings with London's Prime Time Big Band, The Moonliters Big Band and John Griffiths Jazz Quartet. He regularly serves as an adjudicator with the Forest City Music Festival and as music examiner for the London Music Conservatory. Brian holds B.Mus. Wilfrid Laurier and B.Ed. degrees from UWO and teaches music in the TVDSB school system and privately.


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Wayne McGrath was music teacher with Saugeen District Secondary School and a trumpet player in the Stardust Big Band for 25 years. Currently, he is a member of many musical groups in the Bruce-Grey area including the Noodle Factory Jazz Project. Wayne holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario.



Tim Eaton comes from a family of musicians going back four generations. Tim attended Western University for his music education and has taught in Northern Ontario and now Owen Sound. He has been a member of Stardust, the Georgian Bay Symphony and the Royal Regiment and 3RCR militia bands. 



Russ Macklem is a Toronto and Miami-based trumpeter, composer, and educator. Currently, he is pursuing a DMA in Jazz and Studio Music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow and Teaching Assistant to Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter Prof. Brian Lynch.

Originally from Kelowna, British Columbia, Russ received a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montreal and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory in Boston. In addition, Russ has studied under the tutelage of Roger Ingram, Jim Manley, Laurie Frink, and Steve Reid.

Russ has performed all over North America with esteemed artists such as: Dave Grusin, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Liebman, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, James Newton Howard, Bob Brookmeyer, Cecil McBee and Joe Sullivan.

French Horn:

Bethany Curley is freelance artist in the greater Toronto area. She is a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Bethany holds a Master of Music (Horn Performance) and is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of Music.




Lauren  Helmer is a teacher at Preston High School in Cambridge ON, where she also conducts the Sr. Jazz Ensemble, the PHS Jazz Cats. She is the 2nd trombonist of both the Guelph and  Stratford Symphony Orchestras. Lauren is an active reserve force soldier who spent four summers playing on Parliament Hill with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard. She has been a member of the RHLI Military Band for over 7 years. Lauren holds a B. of Music Ed. from Wilfrid Laurier U., and a B. of Ed. from the University of Western Ontario.


   Doug Blackwell  Doug is an accomplished band director and taught middle school in Michigan for 32 years. He is an internationally renowned clinician with concert bands and jazz groups and a frequent performer in the Detroit area on Jazz Trombone. Doug plays Bass Trombone in the Dearborn Symphony



 Vanessa Fralick is the Associate Principal Trombone of the Toronto Symphony. An active educator, Vanessa is on faculty at the University of Toronto, the National Music Camp of Canada, and is the brass coach of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Vanessa also performs frequently as a soloist, most recently as a guest artist at the 2016 International Trombone Festival in New York City and the 2015 American Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. She has won first prize in several major competitions, including the 2012 Elora Festival Competition, 2011 Montreal Symphony Concerto Competition and 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition, where she also performed as a guest artist at the International Women's Brass Conference. In 2009 she won concerto competitions both at Juilliard and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.


 Don Burns is a teacher for the Toronto District School Board and a former member of the Georgian Bay Symphony. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education the University of Toronto.




Terry McConnell has taught music, communications, drama and art for 28 years with the Kent County and Lambton-Kent District School Boards. He has been associate conductor of the Chatham Concert Band for 27 years. Terry holds an Honours B. of Music Education, and B. Ed.



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Eric Varillas is a secondary school music teacher for the Avon Maitland District School Board and a former member of the Laketown Concert Band and International Symphony Orchestra. He holds B. of Music and B. of Ed. degrees from the University of Western Ontario.


Stephen Wood is a librarian by day and musician by night. He has performed with many groups including the Noodle Factory Jazz Project, Georgian Bay Symphony, Will Currie & the Country French, and the Orchid Trail Quartet. He holds an Honours B. Of Music Performance from Wilfrid Laurier U. And an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario.


Tim Francom maintains a diverse performing and teaching career. He has performed with orchestras across Ontario including the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Tim received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto in 2011. Tim teaches percussion privately and at the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto.


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David Eastmond. In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we will premiere the original composition, "Saugeen Shores Overture” by Canadian composer David Eastmond at the Festival Winds concert on Thursday evening.

David is a Toronto native. His earliest musical training began with piano at the age of 11. In secondary school, he took up the trombone, euphonium, tuba, and eventually the clarinet. In his 3rd year he composed his first piece for the high school concert band. This piece enjoyed public performance by various ensembles including concert bands in Brampton, ON and Longwood College in Virginia.

David attended the University of Toronto where he studied clarinet, music education and theory and composition.

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