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Program: Bachelor of Music - Cello


Mike Downes

Mike Downes

Program Director and Head of Bass, Music

JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a prominent Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator since the early 1980s. His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Iceland, the United States and Canada.

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Shirantha Beddage

Shirantha Beddage

Head of Theory, Music

JUNO-nominated and Galaxie award-winning musician Shirantha Beddage is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada. 

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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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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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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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Andrew Mullin

Andrew Mullin

Full-time Faculty, Music

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Drums and Music Technology in 2006 and continued his studies at McGill University obtaining his Masters of Music in Sound Recording in 2008.

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Dave Neill

Dave Neill

Full-Time Faculty, Music

Born and raised in Ottawa, saxophonist Dave Neill moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Alex Dean and Mike Murley.

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Brian O'Kane

Brian O'Kane

Head of Brass, Music

One of the Toronto jazz scene’s most exciting trumpet players, Brian O’Kane holds a master's degree in jazz performance from the University of Toronto.

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Mark Promane

Mark Promane

Head of Woodwinds, Music

Mark is known as a versatile saxophonist, woodwind doubler, arranger, composer, conductor and clinician. He is the head of the woodwind department at Humber College in Toronto.

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Gord Sheard

Gord Sheard

Head of Composition, Music

Gord Sheard has enjoyed a many-faceted career as a professional musician for over three decades.

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Waleed Abdulhamid

Waleed Abdulhamid

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film-maker, Waleed Abdulhamid, has been an active member of the Toronto music scene, since his arrival in Canada in 1992.

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Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen

Alberta born sax player and multi-instrumentalist, Colleen Allen first launched her musical career in Toronto. Colleen Allen is known as much for her charismatic stage presence as she is for her collaborative spirit.

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Mike Ardagh

Mike Ardagh

Active as a freelance drummer, producer and engineer in Toronto, Mike Ardagh is equally comfortable on-stage or in-studio and prides himself on his ability to craft sounds and inspire great performances from his fellow musicians.

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Ethan Ardelli

Ethan Ardelli

Ethan Ardelli is a freelancing musician in Toronto's vibrant music scene. Ethan graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music Jazz Program in 2006.

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Andy Ballantyne

Andy Ballantyne

Saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, arranger, and jazz educator Andy Ballantyne is a graduate of the Humber College music program.  

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Collin Barrett

Collin Barrett

Originally hailing from Manchester England, Collin Barrett has made Toronto, Canada his home for many years. Collin is currently the Musical Director of Eva Avila and Esthero. 

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Dylan Bell

Dylan Bell

Juno-nominated Dylan Bell is a vocalist, instrumentalist (piano, bass, guitar, percussion), composer/arranger, music director and producer/engineer. 

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Shelly Berger

Shelly Berger

Toronto born bassist Shelly Berger has been active as an arranger, composer, producer and leader in many jazz and contemporary music settings.

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Matt Brubeck

Matt Brubeck

Matt Brubeck is a JUNO award-winning performer/composer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres. 

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Rob Bulger

Rob Bulger

Rob Bulger is an honours graduate of the Humber College Music Program (1983). He has been playing professionally since 1970. In the early 70’s Rob was a member of the Canadian progessive rock band “Spirit of Christmas”.

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Bruce Cassidy

Bruce Cassidy

Bruce Cassidy is known for inspiring players with whom he works, bringing into focus for them their own voice and amplifying their experience of the joy of music making.

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Emile d'Eon

Emile d'Eon

Guitarist Emile d'Eon is an a in-demand session player and clinician. 

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Jacob Damelin

Jacob Damelin

Jacob Damelin is a pianist, composer and educator born in Toronto, Ontario. He teaches jazz, classical and popular music and has taught at schools and colleges in the United States, Canada and India.

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Tara Davidson

Tara Davidson

Davidson is an active educator. She is on faculty at York University, the Humber College Community Music School and the National Music Camp of Canada (Jazz Faculty).

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Hilario Duran

Hilario Duran

Considered to be one of the world’s great Cuban pianists, composers, arrangers and educators, Hilario Duran has been nicknamed “Con Tumbao” for his creative use of the tumbao repetitive bass figures.

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Kevin Fallis

Kevin Fallis

Kevin Fallis is a recording engineer and post production mixer based in Toronto Ontario.

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Derek Gray

Derek Gray

Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer and sideman, playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter, Ventanas, and Monsoon.

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Justin Gray

Justin Gray

Justin Gray is an acoustic and electric bassist, composer and bandleader whose musical influences include Contemporary Jazz, North Indian Classical, Indo-Jazz and Contemporary World Music.

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Danny Greenspoon

Danny Greenspoon

Danny Greenspoon is a producer, engineer, guitar player and film composer, and President of The Audio Truck Inc., a mobile recording studio with which he has recorded some of the biggest acts in the world for television, radio, and record. 

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Will Jarvis

Will Jarvis

Toronto born Will Jarvis is a busy freelance bassist and educator who has been performing professionally since 1980. Will is a graduate of the Humber College/TRU Music Program and holds a Master of Arts degree in Composition.

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Pete Johnston

Pete Johnston

Pete Johnston is a Juno Award-winning bassist and composer. Pete has published his research on improvisation and music pedagogy in the International Journal of Music Education and Critical Studies in Improvisation.

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Drew Jurecka

Drew Jurecka

Drew Jurecka is an accomplished violinist comfortable in many genres. He can be heard frequently in clubs and theatres around Canada with his own group or as a part of one of his bands, The Hot Jazz String Quartet and the Hogtown Syncopators.

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Pat Kilbride

Pat Kilbride

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Pat has been playing professionally for almost 30 years, touring extensively in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Now living in Toronto, he has played on over 200 albums, several of which have received Juno nominations.

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Jeff King

Jeff King

Juno award winning musician Jeff King is a Toronto-based saxophonist who, for the past 20 years, has performed all over Canada, the U.S., and internationally.

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Eveli Korre

Eveli Korre

It is Eveli’s 15th year here at Humber College! Her enthusiasm and passion for music, as well as her long experience make Eveli a great part of our community.

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Larnell Lewis

Larnell Lewis

Larnell Lewis is a Toronto born musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician who also happens to be a graduate of the Humber Music program and the 2004 recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

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John MacLeod

John MacLeod

Trumpet player/ arranger John MacLeod received his formal musical training at Humber College in the mid 1970’s. In 2011 John MacLeod and his Rex Hotel Orchestra released their first cd “Our First Set” which won a Juno Award for best Traditional Jazz Album of that year.

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Steve Mancuso

Steve Mancuso

Toronto-born drummer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Steve Mancuso has been active as an educator, and performing artist on the Canadian music scene since 1990.

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Ravi Naimpally

Ravi Naimpally

Ravi began his study of tabla under the guidance of his uncle the late Padmabushan Pandit Nikhil Ghosh in Mumbai, India. In 1990 he had his ‘gandabandhan’ ceremony and officially became an exponent of the Farukkabad style. 

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Paul Novotny

Paul Novotny

Paul Novotny is internationally known for his artistic concert performance, music composition, broadcast audio re-mix and academic authorship.

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David Occhipinti

David Occhipinti

Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has been nominated for three Juno Awards, once for his CD, Forty Revolutions, and also for Duologue and Bristles, both duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley.

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Michael Occhipinti

Michael Occhipinti

Michael Occhipinti is an 8-time JUNO nominated guitarist, composer, arranger, and band leader. 

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Kieran Overs

Kieran Overs

Toronto-born bassist Kieran Overs has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass, and for the past 34 years on acoustic bass.

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Anthony Panacci

Anthony Panacci

Anthony Panacci attended the Humber College Music Program from 1976-80 and has also received his grade 10 in classical piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto

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Kim Ratcliffe

Kim Ratcliffe

Originally from Edmonton, Kim was playing 6 nights a week in bar bands in Victoria upon finishing high school. He received encouragement and mentoring from Dave Keen and Paul Horn, discovering jazz and classical music. 

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Bob Rice

Bob Rice

Bob Rice is a Juno Award nominated composer / arranger / producer / trumpeter and currently leads one of the most exciting Latin jazz big bands in Canada.

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Brian Rudolf

Brian Rudolf

A Vancouver native, Brian relocated in Toronto after graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music.

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Suba Sankaran

Suba Sankaran

DORA award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran is in demand as a choral director, arranger, educator and composer.

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Mark Shannon

Mark Shannon

Mark Shannon is a freelance musician, composer, and producer who has worked in Toronto since the 1980s. His musical education began at Humber College and continued at York University, graduating with an Honours BA-Music in 1987. 

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Darren Sigesmund

Darren Sigesmund

Darren Sigesmund is a Toronto-based trombonist, pianist and composer. He has studied piano and composition extensively under the tutelage of Toronto instructor Frank Falco.

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Denzal Sinclaire

Denzal Sinclaire

Denzal Sinclaire, a graduate of McGill University’s Jazz Performance program is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists and is ranked among the finest jazz singers of his generation.

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Amanda Tosoff

Amanda Tosoff

Jazz pianist and composer Amanda Tosoff has received various awards, including the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

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Geoff Young

Geoff Young

In demand for his creativity and versatility, guitarist Geoff Young has appeared at clubs and festivals worldwide.

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Tony Zorzi

Tony Zorzi

A graduate of the Humber College Music Program, Tony Zorzi is one of Toronto’s busier guitarists. Currently he is a member of the Toronto jazz and rock fusion group Five After Four, with whom he has recorded three albums.

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