DAVE ARTHUR – Consultant
Favourite song in the repertoire: Come Fly With Me
Dave has been a freelance self-employed musician since he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music (University of Ottawa) in 1977. His career has taken him all over the world as a trombonist, bassist, vocalist, and musical arranger.
Throughout his career, Dave has experienced numerous musical adventures. This classically trained trombonist spent most of his early days playing with many rock groups and showbands. In 1980, he became a civilian on contract with the RCMP Band and is currently a member of the RCMP Northwest Mounted Dixie Group. He has done arrangements for groups as varied as the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces and The Memphis Mafia, a Las Vegas style showband active from 2001 to 2008 in the Ottawa area. For a number of years, he was a writer for the Sesame Street television show. Playing in a variety of bands for many industry stars, Natalie Cole and Bobby Lalonde among them, and working in many international ventures (including show tours to Europe, Bosnia, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, and Alert - in Canada’s High Arctic - for the Department of National Defense) keep Dave quite busy.
His freelance status now finds him involved in various local and travelling stage shows and musical groups that, in total, demand all of his experience and skills. Come fly with him behind The Wild Cards’ scenes.
SYLVIE DIONNE – Production Assistant
Favourite song in the repertoire: C’est Si Bon
If you ask Sylvie, while she’s running around handling myriad details to make the band look and sound good, “How’s life?”, she’ll respond with “C’est si bon.”. Sylvie is responsible for everything from assisting with the setup and teardown, to making sure the stage is clean, to installing our banner(s), to using a stopwatch to make sure we’re on track, and she is a joy to have around. Anything she doesn’t know, she learns quickly. She’s punctual and dependable, and c’est si bon for the wild ones that she loves music and is part of our team.
MEGAN POSTIN – Web Master/ Designer
Favourite song in the repertoire: Nice Work If You Can Get It
After studying music at the University of Ottawa, playing in several pit orchestras for musical theater productions and being a member of the Standing Room Only big band sax section, Megan took time off to start a family. While on maternity leave, she enhanced the skills she learned as a web master. Her keen ears are currently not in demand musically, but her good eye and quick brain are keeping her fingers busy with The Wild Cards’ website. As far as she is concerned any job that keeps her in touch with jazz music is Nice Work If You Can Get It and she is working to pass on that love of music to her daughter.
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TIM GOBUYAN – Graphic Designer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Favourite song in the repertoire: Mission Impossible
The gift of music was not bestowed on Tim, but he is most definitely an artist as well as a valued resource. Tim’s energy and initiative have been to our benefit from the first time we settled on a name for the band. He never flagged in his desire to learn about music and his openness to feedback resulted in our business cards always being favourably commented upon. His willingness to help with the smallest details and share his knowledge have – and continue to be – greatly appreciated. We are fortunate that “mission impossible” translates to a challenge for his creative mind.