Lisa Michaels is passionate about the value of music and its benefits, having seen its impact on her own children – all saxophonists – and has never forgotten the fascination and fun of playing in the high school band – nor those band trips! She has spent more than two decades running her own businesses as a marketing consultant and serial entrepreneur. Lisa is also a member of a local award-winning a capella chorus.
Lisa is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Bandology and can be reached at email@example.com.
Peter VanDuzer has been actively engaged in the greater music community for many years. Helping music mentors plan activities at Band Camp is reminiscent of the many years Peter spent running summer camps in northern Ontario. In his current day job, Peter manages a national home improvement store and has been volunteering for children since 1985, including with the Lawson Foundation.
Peter is the Co-Founder and President of Bandology and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucas Redwood started playing drums and percussion at the age of five and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion at Humber College. Lucas enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has recently played multiple online concerts including Sunday Night Live in the Music Exchange, the Virtual Canadian Original Live Music Series with soFX Canada, and performances in Barrie’s Live Music Show. Lucas has worked with Bandology for the last two years and loves sharing his passion of music with young musicians.
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Lucas is our Manager of Music and Learning and can be reached at email@example.com.
Ever since she played the recorder as a child, Jasmin Anthonypillai has made music an integral part of her life. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Science, with a minor in Neuroscience and Music, from the University of Guelph. Jasmin is a pianist at her local church and a member of an award-winning a capella chorus. She fondly remembers her love of playing trumpet in her high school band class.
Jasmin is our Manager of Operations and Funding and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding joy in all kinds of music-making, Sandy Wright strives to share that joy in his work as an educator, performer, and composer. His passion for music was shaped by his high school’s band program, and he holds Master of Arts degrees in Community Music and Composition. His music has been performed at festivals and in concerts. Sandy teaches privately in Waterloo and he is the Director of Education at FUSE in Cambridge.
Sandy is our Music and Education Coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.
Arielle Voght is a recent graduate of York University’s Theatre Production and Designs program. She is currently living in Ottawa, where she grew up. She played in her high school band and performed in the school musicals. She is passionate about arts education and believes in the positive impact music and the arts can have on confidence and creating a sense of community. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and podcasts, painting, sewing and cooking.
Arielle is our Ottawa Coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naoko Sakata is completing her graduate studies in piano performance at McGill University. Performance highlights include playing as a soloist with the Violons du Roy Chamber Orchestra at the Palais Montcalm, as well as solo recitals both in Canada and in Japan. Naoko is a strong believer in creating a positive impact on society through music and has performed in various fundraising concerts, most recently for In Concert 4 Cambodia. In addition to being a pianist, Naoko is also the founder of Musicians’ Dream Aid, an organization which awards scholarships to young musicians in support of their music education.
Naoko is our Music and Performance Coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.
From a young age, Jessica Fair has always been passionate about music, especially singing. She has vocal training in the RCM program and has been a member of several community and school choirs. She has just finished her third year studying Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University, and will be concentrating in Marketing for her final year. Jessica has a passion for music and loves helping children learn.
Jessica is our Business Coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esteban Perez is a fourth year Communication Studies and Film Production student at Wilfrid Laurier University. His passions revolve around film and visual texts and he holds art very highly in his life especially music. Growing up in a Latin household, and with the Latin community, he has seen and experienced how much music means to people around the world. He loves how music represents a sense of community and how it applies to our own sense of self-expression and identity.
Esteban is our Social Media Coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.
Mark Gerlai is completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where he’s pursuing a double major in Jazz Performance and Neuroscience. He has studied under several of Canada’s leading jazz drummers including Ernesto Cervini, Terry Clarke and Ethan Ardelli, and performed in various ensembles across the GTA. He has also started several independent projects and collectives, exploring the boundaries of musical genre. Music is a key part of his identity and his ultimate method of creative expression. Alongside a love of music, he has a keen interest in scientific literature and research, most notably learning and memory. Through both music and science, he aims to better those around him through education.
Mark is our Performance and Research Coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kris Harley is a graduate of Laurentian University’s Health and Physical Education program with a minor in Motion Picture Arts, a life-long attendee of summer camps and a member of a number of mid-level touring bands. Kris has worked with and instructed youths in summer camp settings for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, the YMCA and various outdoor education centres since 2009. The purchase of a drum kit in 2004 spurred a life-long love of music that has evolved over the years to a number of instruments and musical projects.
Kris is our Camp Coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.
Mary Rose Amaral is a third year Politics and Governance student at Ryerson University, minoring in French and Criminology. Mary Rose grew up doing competitive dance, and came to love music when she had the chance to practice her craft. As someone who cares about political matters and the arts, she is passionate about improving public education and arts education within Ontario. In her spare time, Mary Rose enjoys creating Spotify playlists, baking cookies, dancing and helping her community in any way she can.
Mary Rose is our Advocacy and Policy Coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frieda Piepp is a second year student at Western University studying management and organizational studies with a specialization in consumer behaviour. Having had the opportunity to learn piano while she was growing up, Frieda is a strong believer in the power and importance of music education. She is also very passionate about giving back to the community, both locally and abroad, and always finds herself looking for opportunities to make a positive impact and expand her involvement.
Frieda is our Marketing Coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.
Ryan MacKinnon started playing guitar at eight years old and switched over to drum kit when he was 10. Upon entering high school he found a new love in playing classical percussion instruments. He is now pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Self-Directed Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University. Ryan has played with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, and The Grand Philharmonic Choir. He also is a teacher at the Kitchener Academy of Music. Ryan loves to share all the things that he has learned on his journey to help young musicians excel.
Ryan is our Percussion Curriculum Specialist and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bandology is a proud recipient of Canada Summer Jobs grants to fund these summer positions in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018.