Featured Performers (2024)

Featured performers for the 2025 festival will be announced soon. Here you can learn about our 2024 lineup.

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Global Centric Brass Band

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About Global Centric
Global Centric Brass Band, now in it’s 8th year, brings classic, traditional and original music inspired by the culture and history of the New Orleans brass band evolution. We have built a large audience of fans and a wide variety of music styles and repertoire, that provides a fun, exciting and eclectic show. “We believe we have something truly special and unique and enjoy sharing our music and our love of New Orleans music to audiences of all ages.”

Members of the Band: Karen Mackay – trumpet/composer/arranger, John Dewolfe – tuba/vocals/composer, Simon Oakey (Ally Fiola and the Next Quest, Sounds of Motown) – trombone/vocals, Matt Reiner – bari sax/soprano sax/vocals, Raef Wilson – trumpet/vocals, Tom Rusinak – tenor sax, Gary Edwards (Hopping Penguins) – drums

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National Youth Band of Canada


About the National Youth Band of Canada
The National Youth Band of Canada (NYB), Canada’s premiere youth wind ensemble, is the most comprehensive music education youth project offered by the Canadian Band Association. Annually since 1994, the National Youth Band of Canada has provided an opportunity for the country’s outstanding 16-22 year old musicians to gather for an enriching and inspiring musical and cultural experience. It is an outstanding opportunity to perform under the leadership of a renowned Canadian conductor and a Yamaha Canada featured soloist. The NYB experience also provides each of these young musicians the chance to network with some of the finest instrumentalists from across Canada.
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Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy


About Stadacona Band
The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, based in Halifax, is a full-time professional military band with a proud tradition of musical excellence spanning more than 75 years. This distinguished military institution provides complete musical service for ceremonial requirements of the Canadian Forces and represents Canada’s East Coast Navy. This world-renowned band consists of some of Canada’s finest musicians. As a result, it is in constant international demand. The band also assists non-profit civilian organizations across the Atlantic Provinces. The 30-member group uses a variety of configurations from parade and concert band, to Big Band and Jazz/Dixie combos, as well as brass and woodwind ensembles. This enables the band to cover a wide range of engagements. The Stadacona Band appears courtesy of the Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic.

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