Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band

Captain Matthew Clark, CD

Captain Matthew Clark, CD

Captain Matthew Clark was born in Southport England and immigrated to Canada with his family as a young boy. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Primary Reservist in 1994 and then joined the Regular Force as a musician in 1997. 

Matthew takes command of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band after a successful and rewarding command tour of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy based in Esquimalt, British Columbia. In his command of the Naden Band Captain Clark’s artistic vision, coupled with his passion for symphonic wind music and deep regard for the military music tradition inspired many significant collaborations. He is in high demand as a musician and has served as a guest conductor for several ensembles including the Victoria Symphony, and the University of Victoria Wind Ensemble.

His keen sense of professional development has led to the production of several highly successful recordings as a Commanding Officer and the creation of new and exciting wind ensemble music with outstanding Canadian composers Robert Buckley and Ian MacDougall. Matthew also believes in youth development and has volunteered his time with Cadet Honour Bands and sat on the board of directors for the Youth Mentorship Program sponsored by the Esquimalt Community Arts Council. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator for several key music festivals such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, The Cantando Music Festival and the Con Brio Festival. Captain Clark also sat on the 2015 and 2016 selection board for the “Sing Me a Song” program sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Captain Clark studied conducting and wind ensemble repertoire principally with Dr. Gillian MacKay. He has also worked with such distinguished wind ensemble specialists as Dr. Eugene Corporon, Dr. Jack Stamp and Dr. Gerald King. In 2016 Matthew was invited into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and was formally inducted in March 2017 in Louisville Kentucky. Membership is by invitation only and is considered a great honour. He is only one of six Canadian conductors within the organisation. Matthew also received the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Commendation for his outstanding service to the military music and the Spirit of Military Families coin from the Military Family Resource Centre. 

Before his posting to Winnipeg, Captain Clark has proudly served the Canadian Armed Forces in Edmonton, AB with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band; in Ottawa ON with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Directorate of History and Heritage – Music; in Borden ON with the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center Music Division; and in Victoria BC with the Naden Band. 

An equally gifted euphonium soloist, Captain Clark has recorded on the Arktos Label and has been featured on CBC Radio and in the British Bandsman, the longest-running international publication of brass bands.

Matthew is excited to be in Winnipeg and looks forward to making wonderful music with the RCAF Band.

Master Warrant Officer Brian Coughlan, CD

MWO Brian Coughlan, CD

Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Coughlan was born in Belleville, Ontario and had a love for music from a very young age, singing in the church choir, and in grade six started playing drums. Not satisfied with just playing drums, in grade 7, he started playing the saxophone and then later that school year picked up the clarinet. At the age of 14 he started playing in a local dance band performing every weekend.

Throughout his teenage years he was very involved with Sea Cadets, playing in the cadet band, sailing, working through the ranks and afterwards becoming a Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) officer. After high school MWO Coughlan attended Humber College in Toronto where he studied arranging and added the flute to the instruments he plays. After three years of college he returned to Belleville where he worked as a freelance musician and taught private lessons. In the summer 1984 while in Cornwallis teaching Sea Cadets,  he auditioned in Halifax with the Stadacona Band and won the clarinet position and in December he was posted to the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) Band in Canadian Forces base (CFB) Gagetown as a direct entry corporal.

While with the RCR Band he performed solos on clarinet, saxophone and played guitar in the rock band and was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) in 1986. In 1992 he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer (WO) and took charge of the Public Relations department for the band. In 1994 he was posted to the Stadacona Band in Halifax changing from army to navy. While in the Stad Band he worked his way through as the In/Charge (I/C) for the Public Relations (PR) department, Stores, Admin, Library, and finishing in Finance, as well as writing arrangements for the band and play saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar and piano when ever or where ever it was needed. In his last year with the Stad Band, in addition to his regular job, he was tasked with running the Military Support Band in CFB Greenwood, running rehearsals and conducting the band at jobs that the band performed at. One other highlight for that year was a show with the Nova Scotia Symphony in which he wrote 22 musical arrangements for the symphony’s Motown show, which sold out and received great reviews.

In 2008 he was posted to CFB Trenton to run the Military Support Band. This was short lived but a very productive 11 months after which in the summer of 2009 he was promoted to MWO and posted to The Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) Band to become the Band Sergeant Major. In 2011 he was posted as the band sergeant-major (BSM) to the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) where for four years he conducted the band at major events, wrote arrangements, and was the Drum Major, leading the band at high profile parades and honour guards in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Band Members


  • Sergeant Alan Buchanan


  • Sergeant Ergash Nshanov
  • Sergeant Vakhid Nshanov
  • Corporal Michael Dassios
  • Corporal Anna Dickey

Drum Set and Percussion

  • Sergeant Jim Johnston
  • Sergeant Jordy McIntyre

Electric Bass

  • Warrant Officer Larry Björnson


  • Corporal Kevin James


  • Sergeant Katrina Limberatos
  • Corporal Derek Stevenson

French Horn

  • Sergeant Annie McCrady
  • Sergeant Valerie Tremblay


  • Sergeant Mike Hall


  • Corporal David Fraser


  • Master Warrant Officer Brian Coughlan
  • Warrant Officer Jeff Cooper
  • Sergeant Richard Monzon
  • Corporal Spencer Brûlè

Sound Technician

  • Master Corporal Gerrit Reitveld (Primary Reservist)


  • Sergeant Joel Green
  • Sergeant François Godère
  • Corporal Mikolaj Debowski

Bass Trombone

  • Sergeant Fred Tucker
  • Corporal Sheila MacMillan


  • Warrant Officer Matt McCrady
  • Sergeant Steve Champ
  • Sergeant Marleau Belanger
  • Sergeant Mike Plummer
  • Corporal James Langridge


  • Warrant Officer Rob Small
  • Corporal Kory Major


  • Sergeant Cindy Scott
  • Sergeant David Grenon