brandon jazz festival // facilitators //
Bill Kristjanson currently teaches “Introduction to Jazz for Music Educators” at the University of Manitoba. Most recently a Band Director at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, he has many years of experience teaching jazz from grades 7 through 12. While teaching at Glenlawn Collegiate the band performed at the "International Association of Jazz Educators Conference". He is the the recipient of the “Manitoba Jazz Educator of the Year Award”, served as a Divisional Music Consultant in Pembina Trails and Louis Riel School Divisions, is on the Board of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and is a member of the “Big Dig Band”. Bill is also is a contributor to the GIA Publication, "Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz Volume 2."
Bill has served as an adjudicator throughout western Canada and has conducted the Provincial Honour Jazz Band, and the Junior and Intermediate Honour Concert Bands. He has received the “D.W. Penner Award for Exceptional Service in Education”, a CMEA “Builder Award”, the MBA “Award of Distinction”, and a U of M “Students’ Teacher Recognition Award." He has presented at the Manitoba Music Educators' Conference, SMEA Conference, BCMEA Conference, the Newfoundland "Resonate" Conference, and for the Ontario Band Association.
Greg McLean is a freelance musician, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He most recently served an interim term as Director of Bands at the University of Regina following 35 years as a high school instrumental music director, the last 21 years of which were spent at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School in Swift Current, SK. Under Mr. McLean's direction, the Senior Wind Orchestra and Senior Jazz Ensemble received many awards, including Gold medals at MusicFest Canada in 1993, 1995 and 1998.
He is a full-time faculty member of the Prairieland Summer Jazz Camp in Regina and has been guest conductor and brass coach at Saskatchewan summer band camps for over twenty-five years. Mr. McLean is frequently invited to adjudicate at festivals across Canada, to conduct workshops and reading sessions, and to direct honour groups. He has presented sessions at the SK Music Conference, the Brandon University Da Capo Conference and the Brandon Jazz Festival. He directed the SMC Jazz Band for 2011 & 2012. Mr. McLean has performed in the trumpet section of the Sawatzky Big Band, the Bob Moyer Big Band and the Prairieland Jazz Camp Faculty Band. In January of 2015, he formed the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra and is the Artistic Director and lead trumpet for the ensemble.
He is also the co-artistic director and orchestra conductor for the Swift Current Oratorio Choir, conducting members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists each spring. Past performances have included Handel’s “Messiah”, Haydn’s “Creation”, Rutter’s “Requiem”, the “Mass for Peace“ and ”Requiem” by Karl Jenkins, and Mozart’s ”Requiem”. In January of 2014 the oratorio choir performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC in a performance of Jenkins’ “Stabat Mater”. Two new works were premiered in 2015: “Missa Pax” by the Canadian composer Timothy Corlis and “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest.
Mr. McLean received his Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University. His graduate work included a Graduate Diploma in conducting and wind repertoire from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba. His mentors have included Dr. Dale Lonis of the University of Manitoba and Earl Stafford of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His trumpet teachers have included brass specialist, Dr. D. S. Reinhardt of Philadelphia and Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony. In 2001 he received the “Paul Harris Fellowship” from the Swift Current Rotary Club for outstanding leadership He was the recipient of the “Outstanding Achievement Award” presented by the Saskatchewan Music Educator’s Association in 2006.ial Sciences anHumanities Research Council of Canada), which funded his research on the music of Kenny Wheeler
Heather Bambrick has been wearing many hats for many years - and all of them fit her well! She’s an award-winning vocalist, voice actor, broadcaster, and educator, working with some of the best in the business.
Heather has performed internationally collaborating with artists such as Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard. She is a founding member of the Beehive Singers (1994 - 2001) and Broadsway, a Jazz / Cabaret ensemble with whom she is currently actively recording and touring. Heather has been a guest performer with various Jazz ensembles, as well as with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She will make her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2017.
Heather’s solo recordings include It’s About Time and Those Were The Days, both of which were nominated for ECMA honours and resulted in international airplay and critical acclaim. Heather is a featured guest artist on numerous diverse projects, from the Caliban Bassoon Quartet, to Sophisticated Ladies (final recording of Jazz great Peter Appleyard), and Just Passing Through (award-winning recording from The Breithaupt Brothers). Heather’s third solo recording You’ll Never Know, was released at the end of 2016, rising to the top of Canadian Jazz radio charts, and being praised by critics and industry leaders. (“Heather hits every right note on this record ... it’s a ‘must hear’ ... “ - Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio) She has been honoured with Canada’s National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year.
As an actor, Heather has voiced characters on several animation series for Disney, PBS, Comedy Network, and NBCKids, and is currently a series regular on Emmy-nominated shows Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Justin Time as well as Shutterbugs and Jim Henson’s Doozers. She has been the voice of a number of national commercial campaigns and remains one of Canada’s most engaging - and engaged - female voices.
Since 2001, Heather has firmly entrenched herself in the world of broadcasting at Canada’s only all Jazz radio station, JAZZ.FM91. She is currently the host of “Jazzology” and “Sunday Afternoon Jazz”, and has twice been awarded National Jazz Awards’ Broadcaster of the Year.
Heather is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music Jazz Studies program, and has taught at U of T, Humber College, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. She remains active as a clinician and vocal coach at schools and music festivals across Canada.
Jim Mackay has been active in teaching instrumental music, directing both concert and jazz ensembles, serving as a clinician and an adjudicator for a time that spans 50 years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music, Jim attended the University of Iowa, The University of Northern Colorado, and the University of South Dakota where he received his Masters degree in Music and Music Education.
Jim taught 8 years in Iowa, British Columbia one year and 27 years in Manitoba of which 24 years were at Silver Heights Collegiate. He now resides in Matlock, Manitoba where his hobbies include woodworking and furniture restoration, gardening, and of course various music activities. He is excited to be back at the Brandon Jazz Festival and to meet and work with so many fine young talented musicians and great educators and teachers.
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ’08 and’09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘00.
In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Hugh Fraser, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali. She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublé, Byron Stripling, Michael Feinstein, David “Fathead” Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD as a leader, Jodi has been featured on over 30 recordings as a sideman.
Jodi began playing bass at the age of 13 under the direction of her father David, an award-winning music educator. In ‘93, Jodi received the General Motors Award of Excellence, establishing her as one of the top young musicians at Musicfest Canada, and then went on to receive a scholarship to study bass at McGill University in Montreal. After graduating, Jodi played with many of the top musicians in Montreal, including Juno winners Christine Jensen and Renee Lee as well as Montreal greats Andre White and Greg Clayton. She was awarded the IAJE Sisters in Jazz award in ‘98 as one of the best up-and-coming female jazz musicians.
Jodi moved to Vancouver in ‘00, where she now lives with her husband and collaborator, pianist Tilden Webb, and young son Tristan. Her personal highlights include opening for Oscar Peterson in 2004, performing as a featured soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and recording numerous times for CBC Radio. Another highlight in Jodi’s career was when she was asked to be the featured bassist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games’ closing ceremonies and soundtrack.
Jodi’s deep passion for education lead her to pursue a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University. She is on faculty at Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is the Jazz Department Head at the VSO School of Music. She has been a guest adjudicator and clinician at many festivals, colleges, universities, and conferences across Canada. As well as an extensive background as a jazz educator, Jodi has been involved in teaching early childhood music classes for over 15 years. Her methodology includes a combination of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Montessori and Suzuki philosophies of music education. Her areas of interest include arts-based research, embodied educational practices, attachment, phenomenology, creativity and the theory of multiple intelligences.
She has been described as “… armed with an arsenal of talent sure to develop recognition as one of the finest bassist in the jazz world today” (Ejazznews), “… (playing with) an infectiously in-the-pocket sense of groove” (Cadence Magazine), “… a jazz bassist with great time and a rock-solid sound ” (Katie Malloch, CBC Radio), “ a great player, who plays with intoxicating passion” (RivitingRiff.com), and “a wonderful bassist who really digs in and plays from the heart” (David Fathead Newman – Coda Magazine interview).
Currently a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, Joel Green’s versatility on trombone has taken him all over Canada and abroad. A graduate of Humber College and University of Toronto, Mr. Green has studied with Alastair Kay and Gordon Wolfe. He has performed with artists such as Frank Sinatra Jr., Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Babyface, David Foster, Gladys Knight, Colin James, Roger Hodgson and Frankie Valli. An experienced pit orchestra musician, he has performed in many shows including South Pacific, 9 to 5, Wicked, The Addams Family, The Full Monty, Fiddler on the Roof, Dreamgirls, Mary Poppins, Lord of the Rings and Dirty Dancing. As a classical musician, he has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, Kingston Symphony, Contact Contemporary Music, Arraymusic Ensemble, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and many others. As an educator he has taught countless lessons, classes and clinics on trombone, theory, improvisation and brass technique. Prior to moving to Winnipeg he was part-time faculty at Humber College for both the degree program and Community Music School.
Marcia McLean is currently the artistic director of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and an adult chamber choir, Prairie Spirit Mrs. McLean also teaches private voice lessons, gives choral workshops and adjudicates. She adjudicates for the Saskatchewan Music Festivals and has adjudicated at the Brandon Jazz Festival and Brandon Music Festival. In January of 2014, members of the Oratorio Choir travelled to New York to perform Karl Jenkin’s “Stabat Mater” in Carnegie Hall with several choirs from around the world. In 2010, she retired after 18 years as Director of Choral Music at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. There she conducted an 80-voice concert choir, a vocal jazz ensemble and the Comp. Chamber Singers. In 2010, the Chamber Singers were selected to perform at the Association of Canadian Choral Community’s convention held in Saskatoon, and in 2007 performed at Festival 500 in Newfoundland. In addition, the choir presented Showcase Concerts at the Rocky Mountain Festival and won awards at Music Fest Canada and the Heritage Music Festival. Marcia was the founding director of the Swift Current Children’s Choir and conducted the choir for 12 years. Active at the provincial level, Marcia serves on the board of the Swift Current Music Festival and is a member of the Sask Choral Federation. She served as President of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation for 4 years and has just completed her term on the board. Ms McLean was guest conductor of the Sask. Choral Federation choir camp in the summer of 2011 and on numerous occasions, served as vocal coach at the SCF summer camps. In 2004, Mrs. McLean was awarded the “Pro Musica Award” by the Sask. Choral Federation for outstanding service in the choral community. In 2001, she received the “Paul Harris Fellowship” from the Swift Current Rotary Club for outstanding leadership and community work with young people.
Prior to teaching in Swift Current, Marcia taught music and choir at Esterhazy High School for 12 years, conducting both vocal jazz and concert choir. Mrs. McLean received her Bachelor of Music at Brandon University.