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Heather, Andre and the rest of the team

Thanks for your part in making Michelle and J.D.’s wedding a night to remember.

You did a tremendous job and I was very impressed with your versatility.

Who knows when Jory and Bradley’s day might come but I will make sure to keep your number in my rolodex.

I will also make sure to pass your name on to anyone looking for a band and would welcome you using us a reference for any future customers.

Thanks again for your part in making it a warm, fun-filled evening for all.

Sincerely,

Brian and Laurie Katz

The Larger Band

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  • Drums & Percussion
  • Piano / Keyboards
  • Brass & Horn Section
  • String Section

The Royz BandWhile the Incredible Trio is comparable to a standard five or six piece band in terms of sound, The Royz Band also regularly expands to a four, five, six, seven, eight, nine or ten piece band.

Each additional musician will add their own special magic to The Royz Band sound. If you can't take all of them, we can help you decide which of these amazing Toronto musicians will be the perfect fit for your event.

The size of Royz Band format that you choose is basically only a matter of your budget and vision.

All Royz Band musicians are members of The Toronto Chapter (Local 149) of The American Federation of Musicians of The United States and Canada.

  • Overview
  • David Hutchison
  • Marco Spadafora

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Adding extra drummers and/or percussionists to Heather's Percussion really pumps up the beat.

David HutchisonDavid Hutchison

David Hutchison is one of Toronto's most versatile and experienced drummer/percussionists with a musical background that spans virtually every current genre.

Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Calypso, Country, Rock, Latin, Rhythm and Blues, Fusion, Big Band, and more have all been integral parts of his 35-year career as a professional musician. Dave brings all these grooves, and more, to The Royz Band with his amazing feel, all delivered with his energetic and fun personality.

A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Dave also teaches and runs drum workshops in the Toronto area.

Along with The Royz Band, Dave runs his own band Beerocracy, and has performed and recorded with artists such as Long John Baldry, Don Thompson, Guido Basso and countless others. He has recorded in studios across North America, and in Europe.

Marco SpadaforaMarco Spadafora

Marco Spadafora has been playing professionally for over 30 years. He started his career in 1978, and since that time has perfected his craft in all styles of music. He is a Humber College music graduate.

His wonderful feel for every style of music adds a perfect element to every song in The Royz Band repertoire. His "soft touch" during dinner music is complemented with his dynamic driving beats for the dance portions. Whether for classic ballroom feels such as waltzes, latin, polkas and other international feels, or the latest hip hop and dance grooves, Marco always lays down the right groove.

Well known in the Toronto drumming community, Marco has taught privately for over 6 years and also worked as the lesson coordinator at Drummer's Choice music store for several years.

Marco is bilingual in both English and Italian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royz BandA wonderful addition to The Royz Band sound. Our piano/keyboard player can also play grand piano during the cocktails, as well as keyboards during the dinner & dance portion.

Martin AucoinMartin Aucoin

Martin is a veteran of the Toronto and Nashville music scenes, performing with the likes of Juno Award winners Jack De Keyser and Morgan Davis, BJ Thomas, The Lincolns and too many others to mention. Martin graduated with honours from the Humber Jazz program.

Martin has played keyboards in numerous country and R&B bands around Toronto, including Morgan Davis, and Jack DeKeyzer, before moving to Nashville in 1990. He then toured with BJ Thomas for a year and a half. He also played on recording sessions for George Strait, Garth Brooks, Confederate Railroad, and John Michael Montgomery. He has played live with Larry Carlton, Tony Joe White, Bo Diddley, Ricky Van Shelton, Alan Jackson, Alex Harvey, the Drifters, Mark O'Connor, as well as having a 4 year gig at the Grand Ole Opry with Jimmy C. Newman, the great Cajun singer.

Alongside this impressive list of performance credits, Martin received accollades for his own recorded works, including a nomination for his jazz/blues album "So Far" at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards. Martin's work on the Johnny Max Band album "A Lesson I've Learned", a mixture of Muscle Shoals and New Orleans type grooves, has earned the band a nomination for the 2008 Juno Awards and Songwriter and Producer of the year for the 2008 Maple Blues awards.

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  • Brian O'Kane
  • Pat Wheeler
  • Phil Poppa
  • Paul Lamoureux

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The Royz Band horn section can expand to include from 1 - 6 extra brass players. This is a fabulous addition if you love the full horn section sounds of the Big Band era, R&B and full orchestra instrumentation.

SaxophoneAdditional musicians & instruments include saxophone, trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone.

Brian O'KaneBrian O'Kane - Trumpet & Flugelhorn

Brian O'Kane is one of the most in-demand trumpet players in Toronto, as well as a Faculty Member at Humber College, one of Canada's premier Jazz/Contemporary Music Schools.

Brian has performed with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, the Canada Pops Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Oshawa Symphony, the True North Brass, and the Trillium Brass Quintet.

He performs regularly with the Rob McConnell Tentet, the Bernie Senensky Quintet, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, Hilario Duran's Latin Jazz Big Band (Juno Award- 2007), and Barry Romberg's Random Access Large Ensemble (RALE).

Brian adds his incredible talents to The Royz Band whether he's an integral part of our popular two horn (sax/trumpet) combo, or within our larger 6 horn brass section.

Pat WheelerPat Wheeler -Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Percussion & Backing Vocals

Saxophonist Patricia Wheeler has long been a favorite musician in Toronto, lending her distinctive voice to such ensembles as The Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), Jim Clayton, Ritmo Azul, Ron Davis Ensemble, and countless other musical tribes.

As either the third musician for The Royz Band trio, or within the horn section of the larger band, Pat brings incredible musicality, tone and excitement to the stage as she performs on flute, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, percussion and backing vocals.

Pat teaches Jazz and saxophone at Humber College's Music and also leads her own highly acclaimed band The Absolute Faith Orchestra, performing her own original jazz material.

Phil PoppaPhil Poppa - Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone Saxes, Flute, Piano

Since playing his first paying gig at the age of 15, Phil has been a mainstay in the Toronto music scene.

After attending the University of Western Ontario (classical clarinet) and studying privately with such notable teachers as Pat Labarbera and Jane Faire on Sax and Gary Kulesha and Frank Falco on piano, Phil went on the road with various bands travelling all over Canada and the U.S. learning the ins and outs of R'n'B, Rock, Soul and country music .

As well as being a member of such notable bands as "The SPOONS" and "BAMBOO", Phil has also performed with bands such as "The Fabulous Thunderbirds", Glass Tiger, Alfie Zappacosta, The Partland Brothers, Frozen Ghost, Bob Hope, Dinah Christie as well as many other bands in the Toronto music scene.

Phil teaches music for the Toronto District School Board and can be heard playing on numerous jingles and TV and radio shows.

Phil is fluent in both English and Italian.

Paul LamoureuxPaul Lamoureux - Tenor, Alto & Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Clarine, Percussion, Vocals, Keyboards

Paul brings all his amazing multi-instrumental musical talents onto the stage as the alternate sax/flute/woodwind/vocalist within The Royz Band Trio, or as keyboards, second sax and vocals in the larger band format.

Now based in Toronto, Paul Lamoureux was born in Edmonton. Paul's musical training includes classical piano, saxophone, flute and clarinet. He has received both Bachlors and Masters Degrees in Music from the prestigious North Texas State University.

Since returning to Canada Paul has been in great demand as a freelance musical director and producer with CBC French Radio and Television, and as a "pit" musician for musical theatre productions such as "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Hair" and Cirque du Soleil.

Paul presently teaches courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is also an Instructor of Music Technology at the University of Guelph. Paul is fluently bilingual in both English and French.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Chris McKhool
  • George Meanwell
  • Henry Heillig

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Violin, Cello, Upright Bass and other string instruments add a sweetness to the sound, as well as a driving visual performance during the dance sections.

Upright BassChoose this option if you want a softer 4 piece band sound, or if you want the live strings to add to the larger band ensemble.

Chris McKhoolChris McKhool - Violin/Fiddle

Chris McKhool adds his fabulous talents to The Royz Band sound whenever live strings are desired, either by performing as the fourth musician as a quartet ensemble, or within the string section of the larger band.

Chris performed this past year with Club Django, nominated for the 2004 National Jazz Awards in Canada, and has also leads his own quartet. He is the recipient of Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council & PromoFact Awards.

Chris has performed in festivals, halls and schools on all three coasts of Canada. Touring highlights include the Toronto Distillery Jazz Festival, the Vancouver and London International Children's Festivals, the National Gallery Auditorium in Ottawa and Toronto's First Night at the Skydome. Abroad Chris has performed in the U.S., England, Cuba and Tibetan schools across the Indian Himalayas.

Chris McKhool and The Royz Band - almost heaven! Visit Chris' website

George MeanwellGeorge Meanwell - Cello, Guitar, Mandolin

George brings a wide range of string instruments to The Royz Band sound. Whether performing cello in a classical format during the ceremony or jazzing up the cocktails with his eclectic style, he also adds extra punch with cello, guitar and mandolin during the dinner and dance portions.

Originally from Winnipeg, George toured North America for three years with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet orchestra as principal cellist and has also appeared with the National Ballet of Canada and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. In 1988 he toured Portugal with The Manitoba Trio and was recorded by Portuguese National Radio. George was also very busy with his award winning classical group, Quartet Gelato.

Henry HeilligHenry Heillig - Upright Bass, Upright Electric Bass

Bassist Henry Heillig has been a high-profile member of the Toronto music scene for over 30 years, mainly as a jazz and blues player. In The Royz Band, he performs upright bass for the jazz cocktails and dinner, and moves to electric bass for the dance & party portion of your event.

Besides leading his own contemporary jazz quartet, The Heillig Manoeuvre , he is co-founder and musical director of the multi award winning worldbeat jazz band Manteca. Heillig also performs regularly with world-renowned harmonica player Carlos del Junco.

Henry has also acted as musical director on the televised Genie and Gemini Awards as well as the children's television series Eric's World, and has also composed the soundtracks for several Canadian documentary films.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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