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 accepted a position in the Regular Force on euphonium in 1997.   

As the Director of Music of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, Matthew is currently in his second command appointment after a successful and rewarding tour with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy from 2011-2016.  Captain Clark’s artistic vision, coupled with his passion for the development of ensemble sound and deep regard for the military music tradition has inspired many significant collaborations within the communities that he serves.  He is in high demand as a musician and has served as a guest conductor for several ensembles including, most notably, “The Presidents Own”, United States Marine Band, 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 like Robert Buckley and Ian MacDougall.  Matthew also believes in youth development and has volunteered his time with Cadet Honour Bands, community and school ensembles, 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 and 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.  In 2017 Matthew was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is honoured to be only one of six Canadians within the organisation.  Matthew also received the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Commendation for his outstanding service to military music, The Commander Land Force Central Area (now the 4th Canadian Division – Ontario) Commendation and the Spirit of Military Families Award.

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.  When time permits Matthew also enjoys playing golf and, of course, the most Canadian of sports - hockey.

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

Bagpipes 

  • Sergeant Alan Buchanan

Clarinet

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

Drum Set and Percussion

  • Sergeant Jim Johnston
  • Sergeant Jordy McIntyre

Electric Bass

  • Warrant Officer Larry Björnson

Euphonium

  • Corporal Kevin James

Flute

  • Sergeant Katrina Limberatos
  • Corporal Derek Stevenson

French Horn

  • Sergeant Valerie Tremblay

Guitar

  • Sergeant Mike Hall

Keyboard

  • Corporal David Fraser

Saxophone

  • Master Warrant Officer Brian Coughlan
  • Warrant Officer Curtis Bamford
  • Sergeant Richard Monzon
  • Corporal Spencer Brûlè

Sound Technician

  • Master Corporal Gerrit Reitveld (Primary Reservist)

Trombone

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

Bass Trombone

  • Sergeant Fred Tucker
  • Corporal Sheila MacMillan

Trumpet

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

Tuba

  • Warrant Officer Rob Small
  • Corporal Kory Major

Vocal

  • Sergeant Cindy Scott
  • Sergeant David Grenon