Dan Craven

Dan Craven

Dan Craven is a 2001 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with top musicians like Phil Dwyer, Arnie Chycoski, Ian McDougall, P.J. Perry, John McDermott, Campbell Ryga, Mike Herriott, and many others.

Dan currently performs with both The Arrowsmith Big Band and a West Coast influenced octet, Project 8. Recent projects of note include the Boss Tenors “Unsafe Sax” tour in 2014, and the Big Bossa, celebrating Jobim’s extensive library. Dan has performed frequently around Canada’s West from Victoria to Fort Nelson, is the Artistic Director of The CYMC Summer Jazz Program, and has served the greater jazz community as a clinician, honour band conductor, festival host, and guest performer.

Dan’s website

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Kelby MacNayr - Drums

Drummer / composer / band-leader Kelby MacNayr performs groundbreaking original music; a beautifully crafted blend of innovation and tradition that engages and inspires audiences.  A dynamic and creative musician MacNayr performs in Canada and abroad with leading musicians from New York, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.  A faculty member of the world-renowned Jazz Port Townsend Festival under director John Clayton, staff at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, Kelby is continually reinventing himself as a performer, composer and educator.  In November 2013 the Kelby MacNayr Quintet released has the much-anticipated album The Measure of Light featuring Phil Dwyer, Dan Lapp, Miles Black & Tom Wakeling.

Born and raised on Canada’s west coast, Kelby is connected to small but mighty musical community in his home-town, a great and varied musical community across the country and an ever-changing world of musicians in the Pacific Northwest, and across the US.  His passion for the human-element in music-making has fostered a love of numerous world-music traditions as well as artists of all styles and mediums.

Kelby’s website

Kelby MacNayr

Jen Hodge - Bass

Jen Hodge

Jennifer Hodge is a versatile bass player based in Vancouver, BC. Jen is one of the city’s most sought-after musicians, working as both a bandleader (Jen Hodge All Stars, Company B Jazz Band, etc) and a sideman (Diane Lines’ JUMP!, Universal Gospel Choir, Bria Skonberg, etc). Comfortable – and typically excited! – in a huge variety of musical settings, Jen has performed all over Canada, the USA, France, Spain, China, and in the Caribbean, and appears on more than a dozen albums. She has directed and played with groups for CBC Radio and CTV productions, is a regular at major swing dance events all over the Pacific Northwest, and frequently does top-call corporate work as well. First and foremost, Jen has a profound love for making music with other people and for performing, which is evident to everyone who hears her play.

Jen Hodge’s website.

Jeff Drummond - Guitar


  • Music Performance Diploma, Mount Royal College
  • Freelance Producer & Sound Engineer
  • Performing across North America and U.K.
  • Performing on national TV and radio such as Muchmore Music, Mike Bullard, Canada AM and CBC
  • Extensive teaching experience with students of all levels
  • Actively involved in folk & jazz festivals

Jeff has  been playing guitar for 28 years and has been teaching and performing professionally for 20 years. He  took lessons learning rock n’ roll and studied classical guitar up to a grade 8 level. He  went to Mount Royal College in Calgary where he obtained a Jazz performance degree. He has played with jazz, rock, pop, blues/r n’ b and country acts all over Canada and the U.K. During the last 10 years he has produced and played on numerous recordings by Canadian artists, as well as his own original projects.

Jeff has an extensive background as an instructor and a performer has performed on national TV and radio such as Muchmore Music, Mike Bullard, Canada AM and CBC. Jeff is happy to teach a variety of music styles from Jazz to folk guitar.

Jeff Drummond

Ben Henriques - Saxophone

Ben Henriques

Originally from Surrey, B.C., Ben Henriques has been composing and performing jazz for the last 20+ years. Ben has a Master of Jazz Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and he currently teaches woodwinds at Vancouver Island University. While in Montreal, Ben was an integral part of the jazz scene, and had the opportunity to play with many greats including Joe Lovano, John Taylor and Ben Monder. Ben has released two albums as a leader, The Responsibility Club (2009) and Captain Awesome (2013) and has appeared on several others, including Suzie Arioli’s All the Way (2012) and Sarah Kennedy’s Portraits (2015). Ben has also appeared on network television playing jazz in Once Upon a Time and other popular shows.

Ben can be found performing a variety of styles of jazz (and teaching) around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Ben's website.

Blaine Dunaway - Trumpet, Strings, Combo, Big Band

Performer, teacher, composer, conductor,Blaine Dunaway, has a B.A. in music, (jazz), from Western Washington University. He has studied at UBC, U of A in Edmonton, Brandon University, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and Bullfrog recording school.

Blaine has taught music in public school throughout BC and Manitoba and has taught at the college level in BC and Alberta. As a composer, his compositions range from String Quartets to 15 piece bands to meditation tracks.Blaine has worked as a studio recording artist in many studios across the country, and has played in most of the finest Big Bands in Western Canada. As an improvising violinist and trumpet player, there are dozens of albums with his touch adding to the magic, in many different genres, from jazz to classical to folk to world music to blues to popular.

Blaine's website.

Blaine Dunaway

Dave Stewart - Trumpet, Big Band

Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart is a 30-year veteran of jazz trumpet performance in large and small ensembles.  He is one of Canada’s foremost music educators, recipient of both the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the prestigious Keith Mann Top Canadian Band Director Award.   He currently teaches music at Kwalikum Secondary School.

Brooke Maxwell - Piano

Composer – Musician – Educator

Brooke Maxwell is a Victoria-based freelance composer/musician/educator, born and raised in Parksville/Qualicum.

With roots in the Beatles and Ray Charles, he studied jazz saxophone at Malaspina, Berklee College and McGill University, later moving on to focus on piano and voice. Studying education at UVic, an interest in theatre attracted him to the Fringe festival scene and he soon became a part Victoria’s vibrant theatre community.

Major composing credits include the acclaimed hit musical Ride the Cyclone, And Slowly Beauty, A Tender Thing, and most recently The Glass Menagerie. He is excited to be back at CYMC (after a 26 year absence!) and would like to thank his parents for forcing him to stay in piano lessons.

Brooke's website.

Brooke Maxwell

John Capon - Trombone and Combo

John Capon

John started his career as a Bass Trombonist in Vancouver, BC in 1960. He played with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Fraser McPherson Orchestra at the Cave Theatre Restaurant, the Bobby Hales Orchestra at Izzy’s Supper Club and a variety of CBC shows under the leadership of Dave Robbins.

 In 1967, after completing a Bachelor of Music at UBC, Capon moved to Toronto, Ontario. His soloistic approach to the Bass Trombone became a regular feature in many TV commercials and film score recordings. While in Toronto, Capon also played for 20 years with the Canadian Opera Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra and 15 years with Phil Nimmons’ Nimmons ‘n’ 9 + 6.

 In 1986 Capon moved back to the west coast with his wife, artist Tawny Maclachlan Capon and their three young children to live on Gabriola Island. Since then he has had a very diverse career as a conductor (Malaspina Choir 1987 to 2001, Gabriola Chamber Players), performer, teacher (Malaspina University/College, Shawnigan Lake School) and arts administrator (Artistic Director, Malaspina University/College (now VIU) Summer Jazz Academy. His CD “Full Circle” is in regular rotation on Jazz radio all over North America. His new CD, “Twosome”, is with the great guitarist Reg Schwager. 

Capon’s arranging and composing career started in the early sixties with commissions works for CBC’s Jazz Radio Canada played by the Dave Robbins Band and Nimmons ‘n’ 9 + 6. Capon has written extensively for various brass ensembles and the Malaspina Choir. He has also co-written many songs and composed a number of Jazz tunes.