Favourite song in the repertoire: The Stripper
A native of Vancouver, John grew up in the North Vancouver Schools Band under the tutelage of Arthur Smith. He studied music at the University of British Columbia, and studied trumpet with Ken Hopkins, Bobby Hales, and Don Clark. John played in many organizations in Vancouver and Edmonton before moving to Ottawa, where he played in Bill Jupp’s band and beside Joe Trivisonno in the FunKtion showband. He is currently a member of the Centralaires Concert Band. John cites Maurice Andre, Pops, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Raphael Mendez, Allen Vizzutti, and Kenny Wheeler as his major influences. John enjoys all kinds of music but has a particular love for the dynamic sound and power of the big band. In his spare time, John is also a jetfighter pilot who thinks “The Stripper” is the best song ever written!
MEET THE BAND
Favourite song in the repertoire: I Wish You Love
Born in France, Michel emigrated to Canada with his family in the early 1950s, and the family moved to Ottawa in 1958. While in high school, Michel learned to play the trumpet in a Drum and Bugle marching band: the Lasalle Cadets. In the early 80s, he played trumpet with the Nepean Concert Band and, since the mid-80s, he has performed with several big bands, concert bands, and 10-piece bands. Michel’s musicality was influrnced by great musicians and composers such as Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Herb Alpert, Bert Kaempfert, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Michel Legrand, and Henry Mancini – to name a few. For more than 40 years, Michel has successfully balanced his commitment to family life, his professional Business Intelligence career, and his trumpet. Michel enjoys playing his horn in public, whether that’s at the cottage, at family gatherings, or at professional and amateur sporting events. Michel has been playing the trumpet for over 50 years and frequently comments that everything reminds him of a song. He loves to make beautiful music with his friends, and he wishes everyone love.
Favourite song in the repertoire: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Rick is one of Ottawa’s most sought-after trumpet players, and his tune selection directly relates to his quest for excellence. Rick graduated from the University of British Columbia and cites Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Kenny Wheeler as influences. Recently retired from the Central Band of the Canadian Forces, he is now working full-time as a freelance trumpet player and teacher. Rick has a wide range of musical interests, but is particularly enthused when playing kick-ass horn-driven funk and blues à la James Brown and Tower of Power.
ROBERTA (ROBBIE) ARCHIBALD
Favourite song in the repertoire: I Get A Kick Out Of You
Robbie gets a kick out of her family, music, and teaching. Originally from Moose Jaw, She studied at the University of Winnipeg and Queen’s, and is now a high school music teacher. As she likes to say: Great music connects us to something larger than our own existence.” Robbie is happy to be playing with The Wild Cards, and we hope she’s with us for a long time to come.
Favourite song in the repertoire: Baby Face
As the youngest member of the group, Tae has a baby face but is not without a lot of experience. After arriving from Korea in 2000, Tae graduated from Ottawa’s Canterbury High School of The Arts, where he nurtured his passion for music. He never stopped playing his trumpet while studying business at university, joining various bands and performing jazz, classical, concert band, and Motown. His current musical influences are Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Mangione, and Doc Severinsen and he looks forward to an amazing musical experience with The Wild Cards.
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Favourite song in the repertoire: Jersey Bounce
Jersey Bounce is more like Ottawa Bounce since John retired from Hewlett Packard (Agilent) in 2002 and became a full-time musician! He is currently active in a number of groups, including HOT SPUD DIXIELAND, Trillium Dixieland, Grey Jazz Big Band, and the International Set (polka / Octoberfest). John and his wife, Vivian, have lived in Manotick since 1980 and his other interests include fishing, walking to keep in shape, and ham radio (VA3GE).
Favourite song in the repertoire: Born To Be Wild
Born and raised in Montreal, Joe was indeed born to be wild . . . or maybe that should read BORN TO BE A WILD CARD!!! He enjoys sports and is an avid amateur hockey player, and The Wild Cards is grateful that his teeth and hands are still intact. After studying trumpet at McGill University, he played with numerous big bands in the Montreal and Ottawa areas before and after touring North America and England for 8 years with an R&B band and recording in New York, London, and Montreal. This former member of Big Band Caravane and The FunKtion, Ottawa’s premiere Motown, funk and soul showband, now brings his talents and his zest for life to The Wild Cards.
Favourite song in the repertoire: Dinner Medley #1
A proud father of five, John miraculously remains single . . . and anything to do with dinner, because eating gives him strength, is his favourite! When John isn't busy reading scriptures, he's happily shedding tunes on his trumpet. A trumpeter for 45 years, he studied music at the Royal Conservatory, Humber College, and the University of Ottawa. He has a long list of performance experience as a player and conductor in jazz, pop and classical styles (list available upon request). He has taught music for over 30 years.
Favourite song in the repertoire: Body and Soul
Gord has been making music for as long as he can remember, starting with humming hymns in church before he could read. He studied piano before moving to trumpet and completing a music degree at the University of Ottawa. He’s performed with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guards, and enjoyed five hot summers with the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill. A former member of the Heritage College Big Band, the Bill Jupp Big Band, and the University of Ottawa Alumni Jazz Band, he currently performs with Big Band Ottawa and the Ottawa Wind Ensemble, and is now unleashing his wild side with The Wild Cards. Gord’s listening ranges from Renaissance motets – okay, those aren’t so wild – to orchestral greats to Motown to young artists like Jacob Collier. Trumpet favourites include Miles, Dizzy, Freddie, Clifford, Chet, Doc, Guido, Maurice André, Bud Herseth, and Markus Stockhausen. He’s relieved he doesn’t have to lug CDs around now, and prefers to stream music online, although he’s still mourning the death of liner notes. For him, listening to and performing music is like having a time machine, but without having to park it in the winter.