Education and Band Leadership

Donna is thrilled to be a part of the New Horizons family.  As a music educator for over 23 years, Donna has taught university and high school classes in Ontario and Texas.  She graduated from the University of North Texas, where she studied with Howard Meltzer, John Kovach, Kevin Korsyn and Kathleen Reynolds.  

As a bassoonist, she has performed with the San Angelo Symphony and the University of North Texas Faculty Winds.  Her favorite music includes anything by Aaron Copland, Keith Jarrett or Sting.

Donna is a member of the team at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award–Ontario to promote service and leadership in the non-profit sector.  She also teaches aquatic leadership for the Red Cross and Lifesaving Society. Her recent research includes repertoire based instruction for young bands, assessment and evaluation in performing ensembles, and the use of technology as a vehicle in music instruction.

Garry holds Honours music degrees in Trumpet Performance, Academics and Teaching from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England. He immigrated to Canada in 1997 at which point he became a member of the Stratford Festival Orchestra. Garry is active as a freelance performer, teacher, adjudicator, clinician, university lecturer, and examiner

Garry has performed as soloist at Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, and Massey Hall, River Run Centre, Guelph and in the U.K., at Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, Kensington Palace, and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Garry is the founder and Principal Trumpet of the award-winning Brass Pages Quintet and trumpet and organ duo Page Two. Artistic Director and Principal Trumpet of Kingsway Brass. Academy, Juno nominated and winning recordings include numerous soundtracks for the motion picture and video game industries, EMI, Decca, Hyperion, CBC, Sony, and Naxos classical discs, pop, jazz-fusion, Latin and blues for Blue Note and Verve. He has broadcast for national and local radio stations in the U.K., Europe, Asia, U.S. and Canada with appearances on BBC, Central, Global, CBS, PBS, ABC and CBC television networks as well as BBC and CBC radio.

Garry is an award-winning music educator who has had articles on music published by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and has written music critiques for local and national newspapers. 

For eight years, Garry was tutor of brass at Kingsway College School, Etobicoke and was Director of the KCS Kool Cats Jazz Ensemble. He has served as interim Head of Music for Greenwood College School, Toronto. Garry has twice conducted the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival All-Star Jazz Band at Roy Thomson Hall and is enjoying his tenth year association with St. Andrew’s College, Aurora, currently serving as itinerant music faculty member and Director of Bands. In 2016, Garry received an Education Community Service Award for twenty years as the Royal Conservatory of Music Centre Representative for Stratford, Ontario.

Doug has studied saxophone with Paul Brodie, attended the University of Toronto, and studied at the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice, France, where he had master classes with Jean-Marie Londeix from the Bordeaux Conservatoire.

Doug then taught high school music with the Peel Board of Education while studying arranging at Humber College with Ron Collier and conducted his first musical theatre production. Meanwhile, he was performing as the tenor and baritone saxophonist in the Tom DeMoras Swing Orchestra, playing numerous big conventions around Toronto and monthly tea dances as fundraisers for CJRT Radio, now named Jazz FM.

Three years later, he left teaching for 10 years to pursue musical theatre as a professional music director in and around the Greater Toronto Area. He also worked for the Toronto Symphony and Unisys to create a travelling educational performing group called Syntricity. At the same time he launched into a very successful career in the “jingle market”, working with Mike McCurlie and brothers Bob & Dan Lanois – famous Canadian record producers.

Doug returned to teaching music full-time with the York Region District School Board and retired from daily teaching in January 2013 with over 20 years of classroom teaching under his belt. He also enjoys speaking fluent French, volunteering with the Canadian Ski Patrol and throwing clay in his pottery workshop.

Marianne recently retired as a classroom teacher from the York Region District School Board. She holds an Honours Music Degree from Western University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Throughout her career, Marianne has pursued a passion for conducting and studied with Professor Dale J. Lonis at the University of Manitoba, Professor Denise Grant at the University of Toronto, and Professor Mark Hopkins at Acadia University. She also actively participated at various conducting symposiums offered by the Ontario Music Educators Association, Ontario Band Association and Ontario Vocal Association.

During her 32 years as a professional educator she had the opportunity to teach all grade levels, kindergarten to grade 12; and has taught band, vocal, guitar, recorder and piano. Marianne has produced many school musicals under the title of musical director. She enjoys teaching students of all ages. 

During her last 12 years, Marianne held the position of Head of Music at Thornhill Secondary School. Her bands and choirs have performed all over Canada. In her spare time, Marianne enjoys running marathons, reading, and volunteering at the Toronto Zoo.

Marianne continues to use her musical and education, experience and knowledge to encourage adults in their pursuit of making music. She is thrilled to be a part of the NHB Toronto team.

Maggie is excited to be a member of the New Horizons community. She holds an Honours Music Education Degree and Bachelor of Education from Western University in London, Ontario. Maggie, recently retired from classroom teaching, is proud to have taught Music at St. Clement’s School and for the Toronto District School Board at Claude Watson School for the Arts, Winona Drive Senior School, Summer Sounds, Toronto Music Camp and Music By The Lake. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Music Educators’ Association and as Conference Chair (Texture 2008), Director of Corporate Memberships, teacher mentor and clinician. Maggie has been part of the National Music Camp of Canada family since 1981 as a camper, staff and faculty member. Her work with adult musicians includes conducting the Montcrest Big Band and co-teaching the Additional Qualification Instrumental Music course at O.I.S.E. She currently teaches private saxophone and theory lessons and performs with Riffintime Big Band in Toronto.

Patricia has performed throughout North America with artists that include Michael Burgess, Patty Page and Regis Philbin.  She is a longtime member of the JUNO Award® winning Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra, and has contributed to the pit orchestra of the Shaw Festival Theatre through several productions. 

Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by big bands, concert bands, choirs and soloists.  Her debut album, “The Absolute Faith Orchestra”, was called “an astonishing recording” by the Toronto Star music critic, Geoff Chapman. 

Patricia holds a B.F.A. (Honours), M.A. and a PhD in music and teaches at Centennial College and Ryerson University. We are most fortunate to have Patricia as our “jazz” teacher. 

In the Spring of 2010, Dan Kapp founded the New Horizons Band of Toronto. He became its first music director in September of that year. In 2016, he saw the group incorporated and established a Board of Directors. In 2018, he was named Director Emeritus upon his retirement from the NHBT as its Creative Director.

Dan holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance from York University, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, and Honours Specialist Certificates in Instrumental and Vocal Music from the University of Toronto. As a strong supporter of lifelong learning, Dan is now pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at Acadia University.

Dan came to the project with over 30 years of professional teaching and conducting experience. He has taught instrumental classroom music, played trumpet and conducted in Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

When he was eight years old his father handed him a trumpet and said, “You are going to learn to play this, because I never had the chance”. Reluctantly, Dan said he would try and within 2 months, he was playing in the school band, its youngest member. That was the beginning of his life as a musician. In high school he encountered many others who shared his passion for making music. Music classes, bands, and choirs became his reason for getting up each morning and racing to school. For him, these groups were not only ways to make music but to also make friends.

Well into his teaching career, Dan was introduced to the New Horizons Music concept when he was invited to attend an evening “band class” in Peterborough, Ontario. He was so impressed by what he saw that he decided that night to start a NH band when he “retired”. When the time came, that’s what he did in Toronto.

Dan is very proud of having a key role in establishing the NHBT. He thanks the many people who supported it and the countless hours they invested in his dream – to create a safe and supportive environment where mature adults can come to make music and friends.