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.


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 Vaughn - Trumpet

Julia is a founding member of Brassroots. She received her musical training at the University of Western Ontario and then trained to be an educator at the Faculty of Education at UWO. She is presently an elementary school teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Julia is currently Principal Trumpet with the Fanshawe Symphonic Concert Players and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, and is the librarian and personnel manager of Brassroots. She played solo cornet and flugel horn with Intrada Brass and with the London Citadel Band of the Salvation Army for several seasons. Also a freelance musician, she has performed with Orchestra London, the International Symphony, Windsor Symphony and at the Huron County Playhouse. She has performed with such international artists as Grammy Award recipient Diana Krall and has travelled extensively with various brass and wind ensembles.


Kevin Swinden - Trumpet

Kevin completed an undergraduate degree in music at the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. in music theory from SUNY at Buffalo. He is an AssociateDean 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 Civic Orchestra, Wellington Winds, and Windjammers. In addition to playing with Brassroots, Kevin holds a solo cornet chair with Intrada Brass of Oakville. He joined Brassroots for the 2008-2009 season.


Tony Snyder - Horn

Tony Snyder received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Western Ontario. He studied horn with Ronald George, Robert Creech and John Simonelli. He has performed in masterclasses for Hermann Baumann, for James and Michael Holtzel. Tony has performed as a soloist and principal player with the Sudbury Symphony, North Bay Symphony and the Northern Music Festival Orchestra. Currently he is also principal horn for the Guelph Symphony and the Wellington Winds. Tony is in his seventh season with Brassroots.


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.


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. He is in his fourteenth season with Brassroots.


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 and the New Horizons band of Guelph. 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 Allison have a dog and three cats to look after; he manages to visit his four grandchildren frequently and notes that “retirement has its advantages”.


Bob Phillips - Trombone

Bob joins Brassroots on trombone for the 2013-2014 season. He performed with Orchestra London Canada and the Stratford Festival Orchestra while earining his Music Ed. degree and his B. Ed. at Western. 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, and is Principal Trombone in the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and the Rose Orchestra Brampton. 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. 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 - Trombone

Susan joined Brassroots in 1991. Originally from Stratford, Susan started her trombone career by playing with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Orchestra and Orchestra London. After 10 years working as a professional musician both in Canada and Germany, she began her teaching career. She is currently teaching music at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario. Along with playing bass trombone in Brassroots, she also plays in the Slide by Slide trombone quartet and Wellington Winds. She is principal trombone with the Stratford Civic Orchestra and WindJammers and conducts the Ebytown Brass.


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.