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Peter Cook

Peter Cook

Head of Production, Music

Prior to joining the faculty at Humber in 2010, Peter Cook worked at the CBC for 19 years. Peter has remastered recordings of Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester among many others.

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Alex Dean

Alex Dean

Full-time Faculty, Music

Alex Dean, one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists, has been a mainstay of the Canadian music scene for many years. Alex holds the tenor saxophone chair with Rob McConnell’s Grammy award winning Boss Brass and he performed on their last five albums. 

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Brian Dickinson

Brian Dickinson

Head of Piano, Music

Brian Dickinson, head of the piano department is a graduate of the Humber Music Program and holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory (Boston). In addition, he has studied with Richie Beirach, Andy Laverne, and Paul Bley. 

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Mike Downes

Mike Downes

Head of Bass, Music

Advanced Contemporary Music Composition and Analysis Mike Downes has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. He has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian music scene since the early 1980s. 

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Robin Duke

Robin Duke

Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance

Robin Duke is best known for her work in television on SCTV and Saturday Night Live.

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Kelsley Grant

Kelsley Grant

Full-time Faculty, Music

Trombonist, composer and arranger Kelsley Grant received his Bachelor of Music from McGill University and completed his graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music.

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Larry Horowitz

Larry Horowitz

Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance

Larry worked with theatre groups such as Festival Four and Home Made Theatre before trying stand-up comedy in 1973. After assisting in the establishment of Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s comedy chain, he remained a shareholder and headline performer. 

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Mark Kelso

Mark Kelso

Head of Percussion, Music

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mark Kelso has made Toronto his home for many years. A former student of Humber College, Mark has built his reputation around his ability to be a musical chameleon and has become one of the first call players in Canada. 

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Brad Klump

Brad Klump

Full-time Faculty, Music

Ethnomusicologist, composer, producer and guitarist, Brad Klump, received his Masters in Music Education at Indiana University and has undertaken PhD work in ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and York University.  

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Pat LaBarbera

Pat LaBarbera

Full-time Faculty, Music

Before moving to Canada from the U.S. in 1974, Pat LaBarbera toured and recorded with the Buddy Rich Big Band, of which he was a member from 1967 to 1974. During that time he played in every major city in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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Kirk MacDonald

Kirk MacDonald

Full-time Faculty, Music

Kirk started to play the saxophone at age 10, and entered a High School Music Program studying saxophones, clarinet, flute, music theory and composition, graduating in 1977. At age 17, Kirk moved to Toronto where he attended Humber College. 

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Lisa Martinelli

Lisa Martinelli

Head of Voice, Music

Since moving to Toronto from Sault Ste. Marie in 1984, jazz vocalist Lisa Martinelli has been an active singer and educator. She is a freelance artist in the Toronto area where she leads her own jazz quintet. 

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