Drummer Michel Delage earned a diploma in jazz performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Since completing his studies, Michel has been very active as a freelance musician in Ottawa. Known for his versatile and adventurous jazz playing Michel is very in demand in the Ottawa jazz community. When Michel is not playing jazz, you can find him playing with rock duo Riishi Von Rex, and Funk/Soul band Old Stereo.
Guitarist Alex Tompkins received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2012 from Carleton University where he graduated with highest honours. Alex has performed at several music festivals including Ottawa Bluesfest, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville Jazz Festival and the Buckingham Jazz Festival.
Current projects include The Beeched Wailers and Trouble Clef band, which released its first EP in 2013. Alex also performs regularly throughout the Ottawa and Gatineau area in trio and duo contexts with a wide variety of musicians. Alex has been teaching guitar for the last 9 years, and currently teaches at Long and McQuade Kanata.
Bassist Dave Schroeder is also a guitarist, composer and educator. After completing his Bachelor of Music Honours degree in 2004, Dave was awarded a Senate Medal from Carleton University. In 2005, he began studying at the graduate level at the University of Manitoba. In 2006, Dave relocated to Florida to study at the world-renowned University of Miami. He completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance in 2008 and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue Doctoral studies. In 2011, Dave received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, becoming the only Canadian electric bassist ever to attain this honour. He has also spent time studying at Berklee College of Music.
In 2009, Dave received a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for his work with The University of Miami Funk-Fusion Ensemble. Dave currently teaches music at Carleton University, and is very active as an in-demand session bassist and guitarist.
Saxophonist Tyler Harris has been part of the Ottawa jazz scene since arriving fresh from the flatlands of Saskatchewan 12 years ago, where his formative years were buried in the music department of the University of Saskatchewan.
Steeped in classical flute traditions, big band jazz, and funk saxophone, Ty now plays regularly with the Jivewires, The Beeched Wailers, Disco Inferno, and stands in with a host of other local groups. Ty has worked with diverse acts ranging from the Temptations and the Skydiggers to Jim Bryson and Broken Social Scene, and has been part of Mike Essoudry’s Mashed Potato Mashers, Steve Guerin’s Superband, and Inshallha. He has also toured all over Canada and the United States with the Mashers, and as part of Mark Ferguson and the Holly Laroque Orchestra.
Tyler has also recorded on numerous albums, both as sideman and part of groups, including with the Jivewires, Matt Ouimet, Tyler Kealey, the Skydiggers, and other Ottawa music dudes.
Trumpeter Nicholas Dyson performs regularly with The Beeched Wailers, Los Gringos, Rob Frayne’s Dream Band, The Yohawks, and Tilda. Nicholas has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Capital Brassworks, and in the pit orchestras of many musical theatre shows.
Nicholas has also worked with Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Kim Massie, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters, Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Patrick Watson and Broken Social Scene.
Nicholas is the director of Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra, teaches trumpet and ensembles at Carleton University, is a CU Jazz Camp faculty member, and hosts Trumpet Bootcamp at Alcorn Music Studios.