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Where Are They Now?

Our educational programs provide learning opportunities that contribute to the growth and development of emerging artists in our community. With the success of these programs over a number of years, we are fortunate to have a large group of alumni who have gone on to successful careers in music and beyond.

To celebrate these participants, our weekly “Where Are They Now?” segment allows us to follow-up with alumni, see how they are doing, and assess how the program has contributed to their success.

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Karl Schwonik

This week’s featured artist is drummer Karl Schwonik, who participated in Jazzology in 2012.

Having grown up near Gwynne, Alberta, Schwonik completed his Master’s of Music at the University of Toronto in 2012. Currently based in Calgary, he leads an active career as a musician, educator, and administrator.

Christian Overton

This week we feature trombonist Christian Overton, who took part in Jazzology in 2010.

Originally from Sudbury, Christian moved to Toronto to complete his undergraduate studies at Humber College and his graduate studies at the University of Toronto. His teachers have included Kelsley Grant, Alistair Kay , Gary Kulesha, Pat LaBarbera, John MacLeod, and Tim Ries.

Jeff LaRochelle

This week’s featured artist is saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and educator Jeff LaRochelle, who participated in Jazzology in 2009.

A graduate of Humber College’s renowned music program, Jeff studied with Don Palmer, Mark Promane, Pat LaBarbera, Bruce Cassidy, and David Occhipinti. Jeff attended the Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2011, where he was able to work with artists such as Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Steve Lehman, and the group Kneebody.

Derek Gray

This week we feature drummer, composer, and educator Derek Gray, who has established himself as an up-and-coming drummer and percussionist on the Canadian music scene.

Derek completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at Humber College 2011, studying with teachers including Steve Mancuso, Pat LaBarbera, Larnell Lewis, Brian Dickinson, Ravi Naimpally, Waleed Abdulhamid, and Luis Mario Ochoa. He has also been selected to participate in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington, DC.

Jon Chapman

This week’s featured artist is bassist Jon Chapman, who was a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band in 2010-11.

A native of Waterloo, Jon took up electric and acoustic bass and later enrolled in the Humber Community Music School during high school. In addition to winning numerous awards, he was selected to be a member of the Yamaha All-Star Band and National Youth Jazz Combo. He also received the Kando Award, which is a grand-prize award in a scholarship audition at MusicFest Nationals.

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