Band Camp Faculty 2018

From the beginning, we aspired to create a comprehensive music program, one that we would want our own children to participate in. That meant going beyond the typical camp activities to have a top-notch faculty in place, with both award-winning music educators and professional working musicians and clinicians.

Bandology Band Camp is pleased to announce our faculty line-up for summer 2018:

J.J. Piccolotto – Vocal Workshop on Monday

J.J. Piccolotto is a mother, a student, a small business owner, a performer and a musician. She loves sharing her passion for music with people young and old, tailoring lessons to meet their needs and goals.

She began her musical journey playing various instruments, including clarinet and bassoon, later discovering her love of vocal music. She is a life-long learner, striving to become a better musician by singing a cappella music in a competitive chorus (Circle of Harmony – Sweet Adelines) and quartet (Just Jump! – Harmony Inc. and Sweet Adelines) and by taking classical voice lessons and participating in a variety of musical workshops and courses.

Through the years J.J. has participated in a few youth vocal music programs, doing everything from developing the program and teaching the music, to chaperoning and teaching poké-tags.

She also directed a women’s chorus, coaches choruses and quartets, and has won multiple awards with her choruses and quartets.

“Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears, straight to the heart.” – Unknown


Kyle Dadd – Performing Workshop on Tuesday

Kyle Dadd has been a professional performer for 32 years. After leaving the comforts of a ‘small pond’ in rural Ontario, Kyle went on to study at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, after which he achieved significant accolades and successes within the entertainment industry. Kyle has had the fortune to have worked with and alongside some of entertainment’s most significant talents including Oliver Stone, Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch, Liam Neeson, Aaron Spelling, Barry Manilow and many others.

Notably, Kyle tenured for seven years with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, performing in London’s West End productions of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and its two sister shows which played in repertory, garnering two Olivier nominations as a mainstay of popular British theatre. In addition, Kyle was the on-air voice promotions personality for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Toonami. He has performed on all international media platforms including the BBC, CBC, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Public Radio and Television, Good Morning America (ABC) and has made numerous appearances as an educator and speaker.

Kyle has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s most accomplished entertainers and is a proud member of the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, and the British Actors Equity Association.


Troy Jones – Conducting Workshop on Tuesday

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (2006), Troy Jones currently teaches music at Willowdale Middle School in the Toronto District School Board. Willowdale Music performs and competes regularly at both the provincial and national levels. His program is built on democracy, student voice and empowerment. Troy also currently sits on the Ontario Band Association board of directors, overseeing the OBA/Laurier Elementary Honour Band. Outside of his teaching career, he can also be found playing bari sax for one of Toronto’s best funk/soul bands: Community Soul Project.


Dylan Maddix – Sectional and Conducting Workshop on Wednesday

Dylan Rook Maddix is the founder and artistic director of the Toronto Winds, host of the podcast The Band Room, and maintains an active career as a sought-after conductor, performer, clinician, and adjudicator.

With a passion for music education and outreach, Dylan maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has been a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, program assistant of the Hannaford Youth Program, and is now co-manager of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Dylan has conducted the Northdale Concert Band, Western University New Music, Hannaford Youth Band, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Kingston Brass Choir, New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra. Most recently, Dylan was appointed Music Director of the Milton Concert Band.

Dylan has a Master of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.

Click here to find out more about Dylan on his website.


Debbie McManus Urquhart – Sectional Workshop on Wednesday

Debbie McManus Urquhart has been a teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board for 17 years. She teaches music and drama to students ranging from JK to Grade 8. At her school she leads the school concert bands and jazz band; primary, junior and intermediate choirs and runs the holiday musicals.

Born and raised in Hamilton, she holds a Bachelor of Music and Performance Diploma on clarinet from McMaster University. She has also obtained her Bachelor of Education from Nippising University. Debbie is continuing her additional qualification studies in music and drama education at Western University.

Apart from teaching, she has been playing the tenor horn in the Mountain Citadel Salvation Army Band for 26 years. She enjoys helping the Beginner’s Band (age ranging from 7-12) start their first stages of becoming brass players.


Carla Perrotta-Pyrgos – Sectional Workshop on Wednesday

Carla Perrotta-Pyrgos began her clarinet studies at the age of ten and her enthusiasm for the instrument greatly increased with each competition she entered and won. At the age of 17, she was sent to the Kiwanis Junior Provincial Championship in London, Ontario and won first prize in the Winds category.

Shortly after, she moved from her hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, to attend the University of Toronto, where she studied with Avrahm Galper and in 1997 received her Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree. Carla completed her Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music) with Max Christie, principal clarinet of the National Ballet Orchestra, in 2003.

Since graduating, she has performed with the National Academy Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Mississauga Symphony, Masterworks of Oakville, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, the Ontario Philharmonic, while maintaining her position as Principal Clarinet with the North Bay Symphony and Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, where she was a featured soloist in 2007.

Carla also manages a busy schedule as a recording artist for Somerset Entertainment, playing with the Licorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet, chamber music concerts with Collective Musings, teaching privately and is a sought-after clinician in the greater Toronto area.


Sharon Roe – Conducting Workshop on Thursday

Sharon Roe has been a music teacher with the Halton Catholic District School Board for 10 years. She is a Member of the Oakville Wind Orchestra and has been the Pit Band Director for Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors & Crazy for You.

Sharon is a former Flute Major of the Queen’s York Rangers Regimental Band and Former member of the Eastern Ontario Symphony Orchestra under Clifford Crawley. She has one professional credit, as a member of the Pit Band for the Young People’s Theatre production of Unicorn Moon.


Curtis Clarke – Mindfulness Workshop on Friday

Curtis Clarke has a degree in Performance Voice from York University where he studied under the renowned soprano Stephanie Bogle. He has performed with various opera companies around the GTA including the North York Opera Company, the Missisauga Opera Company and the Hamilton Opera Company. He has also performed various oratorio work, was a member of the Palestrina Singers and a paid solosist at St. Giles on the Kingsway. Currently, Curtis is the Music Program Coordinator at Oakville Trafalgar High School where he directs the award-winning OTHS Wind Ensemble and Senior Jazz Ensemble. Curtis has been trained in the Alexander Technique which promotes relaxation when breathing and singing and will be running a workshop to help camp members with breath support and projection on their instruments and voices.