Bernie Addington began composing, performing and recording in 1983. From 1989-91, Bernie studied Jazz at The Vancouver Community College School of Music, majoring in performance and acoustic bass. He enjoys a successful career as a freelance musician and private instructor. Bernie has played throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Any group that Bernie is involved with is certain to delight audiences.
Chris Perry is a long time teacher in School District 23, having taught for
three years at Okanagan Mission Secondary, ten years at KLO, and one year
at KSS before taking on his current position at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School.
Chris is the former Music Director of the Kelowna City Band, has performed
with the Pring George Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra,
the Prince George City and Jazz Band, as well as performances
with Colin James and Chris Hadfield.
Stan Sabourin is an Okanagan saxophonist, composer, and educator, living in Penticton, BC. Stan has worked as a jazz and saxophone clinician in British Columbia and Washington State and is currently teaching music at KVR Middle School. Recently returned from studying jazz performance and composition at Washington State University with a masters degree in hand, Stan currently plays with Penticton’s Offramp, Rann Berry, the OSA’s Jazzcool’s Faculty ensemble and sits in occasionally for Penticton’s Thursday Night Jazz Band.
Stan has had the pleasure of performing with Greg Yasinitsky, Alfie Zapacosta, Fareed Haque, Ed Calle, Craig Thomson, Justin Glibbery, Bernie Addington and Scott Gamble among others. During Stan’s time at WSU he played saxophones in a number of small jazz ensembles, lead alto in Big Band One, directed Big Band Two and coached various jazz combos. Since his graduation, a recording of Stan’s big band composition, “Ozone” was featured in the fall 2011 edition of JAZZIZ magazine and has also been included on a WSU publication of recorded jazz music called, “Zoot Suit.”
When he is not busy making music or spending time with his wife Myranda and their children, Noah & Lucy, Stan can be found running through the mountains or hanging by his fingertips from a cliff.
Will received his Diploma in Jazz Studies from Malaspina University – College in 1994 and his Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University in 1995. Since then, Will has taught music in school in Richmond, Hope, and Bella Coola. Settling in Penticton in 2001, Will has been blessed to be involved in amazing music opportunities. With 18 years experience as a public school teacher and at least that much experience as a private guitar instructor, Will has been able to share his love of music with People of all ages. He currently has over 140 public school students, and over 40 private students. Will has been the coordinator of The Penticton Summer Guitar Program and The Rock Skool for 10 years. Will has been the coordinator of Jazzcool for the last 8 years as well. He is also the guitarist in the Jazz Trio “Cube”. Will is the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band “Fluxx”. Solo / duo / trio – vocal/ guitar gigs in venues around Okanagan have continued to be a source of pleasure for Will. In addition to Will’s full teaching schedule Will plays over 50 nights a year in at least 6 different performing groups. Will is also part of the Artstarts B.C. juror program for Artist in Residence grants.
Craig Thomson is an award-winning saxophonist and educator currently based in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. Through his dedication to the arts and music education, Mr. Thomson’s students have earned numerous national and international honours over the past decade.
Raised in an area of BC long known for its top-quality music programs, Craig was inspired by his teachers at an early age to pursue a career in both music performance and music education, leading to study at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton, Capilano University in Vancouver and the University of British Columbia.
Craig is the coordinator for the B.C. Interior Jazz Festival, an annual three-day educational event that brings together approximately 1500 students from around Canada and the United States and connects them with the expertise of North America’s finest music professionals. The festival is one of the last remaining competitive festivals in the Pacific Northwest. As well as promoting music education on a local and national level, Craig is an extremely busy and in-demand performer and session musician whose 2012 solo debut CD of all-original compositions entitled Bright Beginnings, has garnered much acclaim and is a staple on CBC radio.
Mike has been drumming now for 16 years and is currently on his 7th year of teaching. Mike shares his thoughts: ” I find lately, when I am playing music, all that is going through my head is how grateful I am to be able to play with music no matter who I am playing with. Music is such a pure form of expression and I love all my opportunities to show my passion as well as teach those who are willing. I have played with so many people in my life and there is no way that I could remember to list them all. So I’ll list none, because no experience can be held over another! I am a teacher by definition and a student by lifestyle! When reading this, I hope you are a bit curious about developing your relationship with music and I wish you all the best on your incredible journey!”