Paul Stevenson - Trumpet

Paul Stevenson has been the Principal Trumpet with Brassroots since 1988. He regularly plays with Orchestra London and the Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus. He has performed with such artists as the Temptations, Diana Krall, Allen Frew, Rick Emmitt, Larry Gowan, Della Reese, Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons and most recently with Natalie Cole. Paul performed his second show, "Brassed Off II" in "Jeans and Classics" series with Orchestra London. He has also been featured as a soloist with Intrada Brass of Oakville. He holds a Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Western Ontario and is a secondary school music educator with the Thames Valley District School Board.


Kevin Swinden - Trumpet

Kevin studied with Erik Schultz while completing an undergraduate degree in music at Western University (1992), and went on to complete a Ph.D. in music theory from SUNY at Buffalo (1997). He is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of music theory at Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to a busy academic career, Kevin is a freelance musician in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, having played with the KW Symphony, Stratford Symphony, Guelph Symphony, Wellington Winds, Intrada Brass, and others. He joined Brassroots in 2008.


Gwyn Beynon - Trumpet

Gwyn joined Brassroots in the fall of 2001. A music educator with graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Gwyn is frequently called upon as conductor, clinician and adjudicator for various music programs and festivals across Canada. In addition to performing with Brassroots, he also plays with the London Jazz Orchestra and is the Artistic Director of Encore... The Concert Band. Gwyn currently teaches instrumental music at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Education.


Julia Vaughan - Trumpet

Julia (Julie) was a founding member of Brassroots in 1987. She completed her musical training at the University of Western Ontario and then trained to be an educator at the Faculty of Education at UWO. Presently, she is Developmental Education Teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. As well as playing trumpet and flugel horn in Brassroots, Julie is also Brassroots' librarian and personnel manager. She also performs regularly with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, the Jeans and Classics Rock Symphony and the Fanshawe Chorus London - Concert Players Orchestra. An avid advocate of physical fitness, Julie spends her ‘free time’ playing ball hockey, and training for and participating in triathlons.


Tony Snyder - Horn

Tony Snyder, currently principal horn with the Guelph Symphony, is in demand as a soloist, recently performing concertos by Mozart and Strauss, Dukas' Villanelle and the Mozart Horn Quintet. His European debut of Howard Cable's Point Pelee for horn and strings was given glowing reviews and he has made an arrangement of this wonderful piece to be included on Brassroots new CD. Tony is also a fine woodworker and Luthier. His Horn and Trumpet mutes are used by principal players in the Boston Symphony and most of Canada's major orchestras. Tony has been a member of Brassroots since 2004.


John Monkhouse - Trombone

Since graduating from the music program at the University of Western Ontario, John has continued to perform in all styles of music ranging from classical, chamber and musical theatre to Oktoberfest polkas. He is currently principal trombone / euphonium with the Wellington Winds and the trombone quartet, Slide by Slide. An Amateur hockey player, canoeist and skier, John still finds some spare time to operate his wire spring maunfacturing business in Guelph, Ontario. John has been a member of Brassroots since 1995.


Dave Davidson - Trombone

Dave is a graduate of the Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario. While there he studied with James Ford and Charles Dalkert and earned his Associate (Performers) diploma, as well as Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees. He has performed with Ice Capades International, CTV Octoberfest Pageant, as a studio musician for commercials and with many other shows and bands. Dave has been Music Director of the Wellington Winds, the Galt Kiltie Band and is currently conductor of the Kitchener Musical Society Band. He has also been Music Director and conductor for many Broadway shows at the River Run Centre (Guelph) and is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. After 32 years he retired from an active and successful teaching career and continues to play trombone with Brassroots , Slide by Slide trombone quartet, Wellington Winds and maintains an active freelance career. Dave's other interests include canoeing, cycling, golf, X-country skiing, gardening and photography. Dave and his wife Alison manage to visit their five grandchildren frequently and note that retirement has its advantages. Dave has been with Brassroots since 2002 and has been Chair of the Board of Directors since 2011.


Seth McNall - Trombone

Seth McNall is an active trombonist in Southwestern Ontario and performs regularly with many different groups. Seth got his schooling from Western, McGill and the University of Southern California but his real learning was done playing alongside great performers. Seth has performed with Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Rick Emmitt, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Taylor Dane, Dru Hill, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell and Holy Cole. Seth is also a first-call for many Theatres and Orchestras having performed with Stratford Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Jeans & Classics Rock Symphony, Orchestra London Canada, the Grand Theatre and several Drayton Theatre productions. Seth runs the Thames Valley District School Board Honour Jazz Band and is a music educator in TVDSB.


Susan Follows - Bass Trombone

After graduating from Western, Susan Follows played in the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Orchestra and fanfares, London Symphony Orchestra and freelanced in Toronto. In 1985 she moved to Germany where she performed education concerts, founded 3 brass choirs and taught brass. In 1988 she returned to Canada and began teaching secondary school music with the Waterloo Regional District School Board. She has been the director of Ebytown Brass in KW since 1989. Susan joined Brassroots in 1991.

She has retired as a teacher and enjoys playing and arranging music with Slide by Slide trombone quartet, Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Full House Brass Quintet, Wellington Winds, Waterloo Chamber Players and other regional ensembles.


Eric Probst - Tuba

Eric Probst recently moved to Kitchener after completing a Masters of Music in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he was also Principal Tuba of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. As a native of the GTA, Eric has worked as a freelance tuba player and military musician, performing most often with Weston Silver Band. A Sergeant in the Canadian Army Reserves, Eric currently teaches tuba at the Canadian Forces School of Music, and spent ten summers in Ottawa performing with The Band of The Ceremonial Guard for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. He has also performed with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton, and currently belongs to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band. Eric is very excited to be a new addition to the Brassroots family.


Rob Inch - Percussion

Rob joined Brassroots in 1988. He is presently teaching elementary school music with the Thames Valley District School Board. Originally from Toronto, his music and education studies had brought him to the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1989. Rob maintains a busy schedule including Brassroots, Principal Timpanist with the London-Fanshaw Symphonic Chorus Concert Players Orchestra, freelance work with Orchestra London, Amabile Choirs, the Percussion Trio and other groups throughout Western Ontario.


Eric DeVooght - Percussion

Eric began performing with Brassroots in 2012. He is currently teaching secondary school music with the Thames Valley District School Board. Prior to teaching, Eric received his Bachelors of Music and Bachelors of Education degrees at the University of Western Ontario. In addition to Brassroots, Eric is a member of Encore... the Concert Band, and has also performed with the London Concert Band as a former member, and as a featured soloist.