Since graduation from Humber College, Klaus and Mike had developed a professional relationship based on a mutual passion for music. Both had always collaborated and discussed how they can contribute to today's music education, thus THE BANDAIDS were created.
THE BANDAIDS aim to inspire to build a community of appreciation, understanding, and application of music is achieved by collaborating with music teachers, working within the framework of the curriculum while understanding that a dynamic approach is needed given each school's unique music program.
Through collaboration, a customized program, which is intended to augment the music teacher's efforts, is created. It is the goal to create a community of inquiry based learning that not only addressess the music but also the life skills that can be achieved through the vehicle of music, such as team building, leadership, earning vs instant gratification.
Below are team members that have directly contributed their time and talent to THE BANDAIDS. Through each team member's connections within the music industry, THE BANDAIDS have access to a vast variety of resources and industry professionals.
Mike Wark / co-founder
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Klaus had the privilege of attending Humber College, obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Jazz Studies with Honours. While at Humber where he studied with some of the finest and accomplished players in the country including Steve Crowe, Alastair Kay, Brian O’Kane, and Steve McDade.
Humber also exposed Klaus to Composing and Arranging (with Andy Ballantyne and Dave Stillwell), Jazz Pedagogy (with Brian Lillos), and other courses in Music Theory, Improvisation, Aural Training, Jazz History, Solo Performance, Repertoire Development, and many more. Following Humber, Klaus obtained his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, which was articulated through Humber College.
Klaus has enjoyed teaching private lessons in Kingston and the Greater Toronto area in a multitude of educational settings, ranging from one on one customized lessons as well as one on one lessons in a structured school curriculum to giving group clinics to high school students.
Sharing the passion of music and trumpet playing with students remains one of Klaus’ goals which he continuously evolves with every student.
Saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer/arranger, and music educator Mike Wark received his B.Mus. (Jazz Studies) from Thompson Rivers University via Humber College, and M.Mus. (Jazz Performance) from University of Toronto. He has studied saxophone with Don Palmer, Mark Promane, Kelly Jefferson, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Mike Murley, flute studies with former T.S.O. flautist Virginia Markson, and improvisation with international saxophonist/jazz pedagogue Dave Liebman.
As an educator, Mike has been a clinician and private lesson instructor in saxophone, flute, clarinet, theory, ear training, and improvisation for over a decade, and has successfully prepared students for RCM exams, music festivals, Humber Community Music School, All-City orchestras, and post-secondary auditions. His experience ranges from teaching beginner/intermediate music as a classroom teacher (Branksome Hall, Toronto ON) to guest lecturing and substitute teaching at the post-secondary level (Humber College, Toronto ON), and from curriculum/unit design to creating and directing the Dixon Hall Jazz Camp.
As the co-leader of The Band Aids Project, Mike is excited to further inspire and educate even more music students, and is looking forward to fostering a community around music education with students, teachers, clinicians, and industry professionals.
Christian Overton / trombone
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Melissa is a multi-instrumentalist with a diverse background in music. She has studied classical piano throughout her youth and completed her Grade 8 piano Certificate and Grade 2 Rudiments through the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2000. She also studied jazz on alto sax over two years at York University and has completed a Bachelor’s of Music through Humber College’s jazz program.
While at York, Melissa learned Counterpoint and Harmony through a class led by Art Levine. At Humber, Melissa studied with Mark Promane, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald and Don Palmer. She also studied advanced arranging with John MacLeod. Outside of Humber Melissa studied classical flute for 2 years with Virginia Markson, a former TSO
Melissa graduated from Humber in 2008 began teaching private lessons on piano, saxophone and flute. She has continued teaching for the past eight years in Toronto. Her teaching philosophy is focused on balancing technique, harmony, theory, ear training and creativity for every student’s level.
As a professional musician, Melissa co-led the Lansdowne Sax Quartet from 2006 - 2010. She played lead alto and soprano saxes as well as wrote and arranged for the group. One of the highlights of working with the quartet was playing an original composition by David Occhipinti. More recently Melissa has teamed up with comedienne Danielle Leger to help her original comedic songs come to life. Melissa has arranged six original songs by Danielle for a large, 13 piece ensemble.
Originally from Sudbury Ontario, Christian Overton is now one of the most in demand trombonists and composers in Toronto in every scene from jazz and rock to salsa, R&B, theatre work and everything in between. He has a degree from Humber College where he studied with some of the nation’s top jazz musicians including Pat LaBarbera, John MacLeod, and Alistair Kay. Christian has also completed a Masters degree at the University of Toronto studying with Kelsley Grant, Gary Kulesha and Tim Ries.
Jazz collaborations include: Hermeto Pascoal, John Clayton, The Panamanian Big Band featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Miguel Zenon. Also Peter Appleyard, Jane Bunnett, Bill Dobbins, The Art of Jazz Orchestra, The Don Thompson Big Band, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, The Art of Time Ensemble, NOJO and Gary Morgan’s Panamerican All Stars as well as many other acts.
Non Jazz collaborations include: Glass Tiger, Jully Black, Sloan, Bedouin Soundclash, Do Make Say Think, Fred Penner, The Art of Time Ensemble, Classic Albums Live, Alain Trudel, Alfredo De La Fe, Roberto Blades, Willie Torres, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution and many others.
Currently composer for his own Composers Collective Big Band and Quintet, he has composed for several television projects as well as commissions for recent visits by Ranee Lee and Dave Douglas and for countless jazz and chamber groups. The Christian Overton Quintet has just released their first record "The Test".
Recently Christian has launched Clovertone Music Publishing, an innovative sheet music publishing company designed to get customized Canadian material in to the classroom and connect today’s professional musicians with the next generation.
" a crowd-silencing trombone solo from Christian Overton" NOW Magazine 2014
Christian is proud to be a Yamaha artist!
Klaus Anselm / co-founder
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Matt Jefferson is the bass trombonist for the Maniacal 4 Trombone Quartet and a freelancer/educator in Toronto, ON. He is M4's people person for tour-booking, creative outreach and outside-the-box thinking. A firm presence in the musical foundation of the group, Matt is also M4's video production guru and book worm. Originally from London, Ontario, then Calgary, Alberta, he is an enthusiastic sports fan. A student of life, Matt constantly draws parallels to tirelessly push M4 forward.
Matt graduated from the University of North Texas (B.M. '10 and M.M. '12) and is a former member of the seven time Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. He played on Lab 2009 which received two of those nominations. He was the Instructor of Brass at Nicholls State University for three years and was a member of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
Matt Jefferson / low brass
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Dallas Chorley / Soprano
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Some topics covered by Dallas include:
1 on 1 lessons
Amy O'Neill graduated from the Faculty of Music at Western University. She is an active freelance musician, playing flute, piccolo and Irish flute. Most often to be found working in pit orchestras for musical theatre productions, she also plays in classical orchestras, chamber groups and traditional Irish bands.
With over 20 years of experience as a private instructor, Amy is in high demand as a guest clinician at festivals and workshops across the country and is the flute clinician for Yamaha Canada. She specializes in working to build a supportive team mentality within flute sections, believing we really are stronger together!
Before relocating to Toronto, Amy was a lecturer in Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music. She currently maintains a thriving private studio, teaching classical flute, Irish flute and music theory.
Some topics covered by Chelsea include:
1 on 1 lessons
Big Band Workshop
Music Notation Software
Jason Austin / French Horn
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Some topics covered by Jason include:
1 on 1 lessons
Melissa Moore / piano
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Instrumental Music Teacher, Band Director
TCDSB - Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School
"Mike was a great teacher and role model in my life. We met for weekly lessons for over 4 years. Mike taught me more than just how to play the saxophone but also became a mentor in life and in attitude. Discussions that were music based often sparked discussions about other aspects outside of music. This ultimately helped me grow as a youth and form a great relationship with Mike."
Some topics covered by Mike include:
1 on 1 and sectionals for sax/flute/clarinet
Jazz Ensembles and Improvisation
Some topics covered by Matt include:
1 on 1 and sectionals for lower brass
Social Media in Music
Brass Quartet and Quintet
Some topics covered by Klaus include:
1 on 1 and sectionals for trumpet
Pathway - Post Secondary and Career
Some topics covered by Christian include:
1 on 1 and sectionals for trombone
Composing and Arranging
Some topics covered by Melissa include:
1 on 1 on piano
Composing and Arranging
Woodwind Small Ensemble
Chelsea McBride /
saxophones, flute, clarinet
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Some topics covered by Amy include:
1 on 1 Flute including Piccolo and Irish Flute
Basic to Advanced Theory
Irish Folk Music
Amy O'Neill / flute
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