Paul Stevenson - Trumpet

Paul Stevenson has been the Principal Trumpet with Brassroots for 22 years. 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) is a founding member of Brassroots. 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 (1974). 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 radio 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 (London), Slide by Slide trombone quartet (Guelph), Wellington Winds (Waterloo) and euphonium with Windjammers (Waterloo) as well as maintaining an active freelance career. Dave’s other interests include canoeing, cycling, golf, X-country skiing, gardening and photography. Dave and his wife Alison have a dog and three cats to look after; he manages to visit his five grandchildren frequently and notes that “retirement has its advantages”. Dave has been with Brassroots since 2002 and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors.


Bob Phillips - Trombone

Bob joined Brassroots on trombone for the 2013-2014 season. He performed with Orchestra London Canada and the Stratford Festival Orchestra while earning his Music Ed. degree and his B. Ed. at Western. Bob is the principal trombonist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. He is a long time member of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and 48th Highlanders on euphonium and trombone and has played in the pit orchestra at the Royal Alex. Bob is lead trombone and vocalist with the George Rose Big Band out of Brantford. He is also a member of Slide by Slide trombone quartet (Guelph) and is part of the Mardi Gras Showband every year at the CNE. Bob recently performed in a vocal trio with Commander Chris Hadfield and as a vocal soloist at Roy Thomson Hall in "A Military Band Spectacular". He also tries to play a mean game of shinny hockey and would enjoy watching the Maple Leafs win a Stanley Cup in his lifetime.


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.


Michael Medeiros - Tuba

Michael Medeiros joined Brassroots for the 2008-2009 season. He was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. He began playing the tuba at age fourteen under the instruction of his father in the Banda Lira Portuguesa de Brampton. He took an interest in the tuba and decided to attend the University of Toronto where he received his Bachelor of Music. Michael has just recently completed a Masters in Music performance degree from the Eastman School of Music. Michael's teachers include Sal Fratia, and most recently Don Harry. Michael has been a member of many prominent ensembles including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Orquestra Sinfonica UANL in Monterrey Mexico. When not playing the Tuba Michael enjoys watching and playing hockey.


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.