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2018 Faculty

This year’s faculty is made up of an outstanding group of Guest Conductors, Master-Class Instructors and Sectional Instructors. The faculty is passionate about their art and strive to motivate and share with their students the joy of achievement in making music. They come to the workshop from universities, colleges, professional ensembles, and private and public schools in Canada and the United States. They serve as motivators and role models for the instrumentalists by teaching artistry, discipline and appreciation of formal study.

Summer Band Coordinator

  • Nicole HaycockNicole Haycock
    Mountain Park School
    Phone | 403-936-6171
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    Nicole has coordinated the Calgary Regional Summer Band Workshop for the past 28 years. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work with so many outstanding music educators and young musicians throughout the years. Read more about Nicole.

Guest Conductors

  • Dan Bartholomew PoyserDan Bartholomew Poyser | Top Level Conductor | A passionate communicator, Daniel brings clarity and meaning to the concert hall, fostering deep connections between audiences and performers. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is the Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador of Symphony Nova Scotia, conducting Ballet and Pops with national and international artists and designing diverse and relevant Family and Outreach shows for the Halifax community. Read more about Dan.
  • Nathan GingrichNathan Gingrich | Third Level Conductor | Nathan Gingrich received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Regina. Continued studies led him to Weimar Germany where he received his advanced artist’s diploma in classical trombone performance and another degree in jazz and pop trombone performance from the Hochschule fuer Musik “Franz Liszt”. Read more about Nathan.
  • Jeff GrahamJeff Graham | Second Level Conductor | Originally from Nova Scotia, Jeff has been teaching music in Alberta and Nova Scotia since 1996. He received a B.A. in Jazz Studies from the St. Francis University and his B.Ed from the University of Alberta. Read more about Jeff.
  • Danielle WahlDanielle Wahl | First Level Conductor | Danielle Wahl is a fifth generation band director who grew up in the band room. Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, she developed her love of all things band in her dad’s band room, as well as in the discussions had while driving to and from school every day. Read more about Danielle.

Master-Class Instructors

  • Cédric BlaryCédric Blary | Clarinet | Cédric Blary has been entertaining Calgary audiences on clarinet, pan-flute, saxophone and voice for over 20 years. He has a B.MUS degree in performance from the University of Calgary and a Diploma from Mount Royal College (now University). Read more about Cédric.
  • David SussmanDavid Sussman | Oboe | Calgary audiences have know CPO’s Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn player David Sussman for his expressive playing since 1981. He was born in Toronto and studied at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan with Harry Sargous. Read more about David.
  • Scott CampbellKathie Van Lare | Trumpet | Born and raised in Calgary, Kathie Van Lare received her B. Mus. (Secondary Music Education), Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Wind Band Conducting) and Teacher Certification from the University of Calgary. Read more about Kathie.
  • Laurie MatiationLaurie Matiation | French Horn | Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Laurie is currently Third Horn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She began her professional career in 1978 as second horn of the Atlantic Symphony, and has been a member of the CPO since 1983. Read more about Laurie.
  • Mary Sullivan Mary Sullivan | Flute | Arriving in Calgary in 2003, Mary Sullivan has been an active member of the city’s bustling music scene. As a performer she has been in demand in multiple musical contexts. She has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic and Red Deer Symphonies. Read more about Mary.
  • Mike Sakatch Michael Eastep | Low Brass | Michael Eastep played Principal Tuba for the Winnipeg Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic for 41 years until retiring from the CPO in 2016. He continues to teach Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Calgary. Read more about Michael.
  • Mike Sakatch Mike Sakatch | Percussion | Mike Sakatch has been the percussion instructor at the Calgary Regional Summer Band Workshop since 1984. After a 30 year career teaching instrumental music at Lord Beaverbrook High School, he retired from full time teaching. He is currently teaching the percussion classes at Lord Beaverbrook and William Aberhart High Schools. Read more about Mike.
  • Nate WatersNate Waters | Saxophone | Nate Waters has been studying and performing saxophone in a myriad of styles for almost twenty years. He has a MMus in Saxophone Performance and a BMus in Secondary Music Education from the University of Calgary, as well as a BEd in Secondary Music Education from the University of British Columbia. Read more about Nate.
  • Mary Sullivan Nikki DoBell McCaslin | Trombone | Nikki DoBell McCaslin is an active freelance trombone player and teacher. She is the principal trombone in the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and is on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. Read more about Nikki.
  • Robert GeorgeRobert George | Bassoon | Robert George has been principle bassoonist for the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and an instructor of bassoon, oboe and saxophone at the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music since 1993. He is music director of the IAM Music Society, where he conducts a community choir, a wind ensemble, and a chamber orchestra. Read more about Robert.
  • String Bass | more information coming soon.

Sectional Instructors

  • Adam Mailman Adam Mailman | Adam Mailman is the music director of Cochrane Music society’s adult concert and jazz band programs, and the music teacher at Tom Baines School in Calgary, Alberta. Adam exemplifies self-improvement through musical growth. His approach to pedagogy focuses on teaching the whole musician, not just the performer. Read more about Adam .
  • Rob BillingtonRob Billington | Mr. Billington has been teaching at Rocky View Schools (Cochrane) for 23 years. His first five years were at Mitford Middle School where his bands earned many festival Gold Awards and were frequently invited to perform at large events, including teachers’ conventions and middle school conferences. While at Mitford, Mr. Billington was awarded a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (certificate of achievement). Read more about Rob.
  • Sarah DrewSarah Drew | Sarah Drew feels fortunate to be able to do what she loves each day. Having a lifelong passion for both music and young people, she teaches middle school general music, bands, choirs and guitar hoping to impact her student’s lives with the love and power of music.Read more about Sarah.
  • Scott CampbellScott Campbell | Scott Campbell is the Band Director at MidSun School in south Calgary, a program consisting of approximately 260 students in grades 7 through 9. In recent years, his jazz and concert bands have been awarded numerous awards, including the Floyd Williamson Trophy for Most Outstanding Junior High Concert Band at the 2010 Alberta International Band Festival - Calgary. Read more about Scott.


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