Bandmaster Glenn Ward
Glenn was appointed bandmaster of the Whitby Brass Band in January 2012 and has been a great addition to the band.
Glenn began his musical career as principal trombone in the London Citadel band of the Salvation Army. With this band, he had the unforgettable opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, while on tour in Britain in 1976.
Glenn earned a degree in music from the University of Western Ontario, and an Education degree from the University of Toronto. He obtained a teaching position with the Durham District School Board where he became Head of the Music Department at R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I. He has served as bandmaster with the Oshawa Civic Band, The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple and Clarington Concert Band.
Glenn is now retired from teaching and is able to spend more time on other interests such as hockey and golf.
Roland Hill (1980-2011)
Barrie Hodgins (1977-1980)
Stan Redfearn (1966-1977)
Eric Clarke (1961-1966)
Russell Entwistle (1960-1961)
Eric Clarke (1954-1960)
Cecil Greenfield (1944)
John Broadbent (1927-1933)
Cecil Greenfield (1923)
Edwin Evans (1905-1927)
Peter Waram (1885-1895)
Assistant Bandmaster Samantha Aukstakalnis
Samantha has been part of the Whitby Brass Band organization since the age of 12. Primarily a French horn player, she started on the tenor horn when joining the junior band in 2000. She attended Sinclair Secondary School and then earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, and her Bachelor of Education from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. Since graduating in 2010, she has been a teacher with the Durham District School board.
Samantha has had the privilege to study conducting from Ivars Taurins, (founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Principal Baroque Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), Lori-Anne Dolloff, Jeff Reynolds, and John Phillips.
Samantha grew up listening to her mom play the piano, which instilled in her a love of music. Her mom was the one who led her to the Whitby Brass Band by a newspaper article looking for new members for the Junior Band. Shortly after she became a member, her mom also joined and they have played together ever since.
Samantha is honoured to be an Assistant Conductor and a part of the Whitby Brass Band Family.
Assistant Bandmaster Lindsi Jennings
Lindsi has been with the Whitby Brass Band for nine years. She has played in both the tenor horn and cornet section, but has since found her favourite place in the band as the flugelhorn player. A graduate of the Performing Arts Program at O’Neill Collegiate, she has been playing for twelve years and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University with an Honours Specialization in Music. She currently studies trumpet with Michael Fedyshyn, and holds the position of Regimental Trumpet Major of the Governor General’s Horse Guards Band of the Canadian Forces Reserve. She recently performed as a soloist with the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and is looking forward to the spring as she has been invited to have the opportunity to perform in London, England as well as in France and the Netherlands as a soloist.
Lindsi has had the opportunity to study conducting with Karen Burke, Bill Thomas, Wendy McCallum, Rita Arendz, and currently with John Phillips. She is excited and thankful for the opportunity to further develop her conducting with the Whitby Brass Band.
Lindsi finds the most enjoyment in teaching young students. She has taught beginner band programs across the York Catholic District School Board, and teaches private trumpet and French horn lessons across Toronto and Durham Region. She is currently at York University completing her Bachelor of Education, and aspires to become an elementary school teacher.