Kathie Van Lare,
Concert Band Director
Born and raised in Calgary, Kathie has been teaching music in the Calgary area for more than two decades. She received her B. Mus (with Distinction) in Secondary School Music and a Diploma in Fine Arts (Wind Ensemble Conducting) from the University of Calgary While on sabbatical Kathie also studied jazz music at St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia). In addition to teaching music at Centennial High School in Calgary, Kathie has been the director of the Foothills Music Society Community Band for several years.
Active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and trumpet clinician, Kathie has also served on faculty with Musicamrose and the Calgary Regional Summer Band Workshop and is a member of the International Band Masters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu.
In 2012, Kathie received the Alberta Band Association Elkhorn Award as the Band Director of the Year and in 2017 she received the Vondis Miller Legacy Award.
As a trumpet player Kathie is active as a free-lance musician and has performed with many groups including among others, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Calgary Bach Society, Bow Valley Chorus, Prime Time Big Band, Southern Stardust Big Band, Alberta Winds and Altius Brass.
Jazz Band Director
Martin Kennedy is the Director of Bands at Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks, Alberta. Originally from Eugene, Oregon (home of the Fighting Ducks!), he attended the University of Oregon where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education in 1981, and then returned to the University of Oregon to earn his Master of Clarinet Performance in 1986.
Mr. Kennedy began his teaching career in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, where he taught for 13 years, building the band program at Ft. McMurray Composite High School, as well as the Northwinds Marching Band. During this period, he also performed frequently with Keyano College productions, where he performed with orchestras for Rich Little, George Fox and others.
In 1995, Mr. Kennedy moved to Okotoks to build the band program at Holy Trinity Academy. During his tenure, the program has grown four fold, and the bands at HTA regularly receive ‘Excellent’ and ‘Superior’ ratings in festivals all across North America. His work at HTA led to his receiving the ‘Tommy Banks Award’ in 2007 for Jazz Education, and the Alberta Band Association ‘Elkhorn Award’ for Band Director of the Year in 2011. In 2012, he was honoured to receive the ‘David Peterkin Award’ for service towards Band Music from his peers in the Phi Beta Mu. In 2014, he was the recipient of the ‘George Lotzenheiser Award’ for Outstanding Band Conducting from the Calgary Kiwanis Festival.
Mr. Kennedy was chosen to direct the Northern Alberta Honour Band in 2013.
He continues to perform his clarinet in and around Okotoks and the Calgary region.