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The Starlight Orchestra

Described as "Fabulous!", "Spectacular!" and "Energetic!", this 16 piece ensemble churns out what seems to be a limitless repertoire of standards borrowing sounds from the Big Band Greats such as Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington to name but a few.

The Starlight Orchestra

Richard Whitehouse, Piano
Music studies at University of Victoria, Berklee College in Boston, Toronto Conservatory A.R.C.T, played with Salome Bey, Vic Franklyn, Downchild Blues Band, Pat LaBarbera, Peter Appleyard.

Dave Field, Bass Violin
From Edmonton, Toronto in 1976, played with Paul Horn, 5th Dimension, Nimmons and Nine Plus 6, Chet Baker, George Coleman, Lee Konitz.

Steve Mitchell, Drums
From Montreal, studied at McGill, Humber College, Backed Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Eddie Fisher, the Platters, Imperial Room Orchestra, Liona Boyd.

Dave Caldwell, Lead Alto Sax
Played with Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, the Boss Brass, the Toronto Symphony, London Palladium, Hollywood Bowl, Anne Murray, 55 New Years Eves, etc. etc.. A truly distinguished professional career.

Kurt Lund, Alto, Clarinet, Flute
Berkelee School of Music Alumni, Eddie Graf, Carole Welsman, Bernie Senensky, Tribute to Glenn Miller, CD Kurt Lund Meets the Rhythm Section.

Steve MacDonald, Tenor, Clarinet, Flute
From Ottawa, studied at York University, recorded with Matt Dusk, Al Henderson, toured with Zucharo and Simply Red, Vegas Show, "The Casino" on Fox TV.

Doug Banwell, Baritone, Clarinet, Flute
Music studies at Mohawk college and York University, with Pat LaBarbera and James Stolti in New York, midi studio, played with NOJO, Toronto Sax Quartet, Chris McKhool, solo piano, with me since 1977.

Jim Shea, Lead Trumpet
Self taught, played in Guelph Bugle Corps, Masters in Philosophy 79-83, street busking in Australia 83-86, Law school 87-90, called to the bar in 1992, plays in a dozen big bands, likes Bill Chase.

Howard Leathers, Trumpet
Private studies Rainer Shmitt, Don Johnson, performance degree Humber and York, A.R.C.T. Royal Conservatory, played with Dublin corporation, Downstroke R&B Band, leads T.L.C. Jazz Trio.

George Danes, Trumpet
played with Pete Schofied, Don Bowes, Vic Lawrence, Matt Lebar, Swing Shift.

Kris Hansen, Trumpet
Humber Music Degree, played with Thunder Bay Symphony, militia & concert bands, Tamill Orchestra, with me since 1988.

Dan Douglas, Lead Trombone
Studies at Humber, Music Educator, Adjudicator, Clinician and Instructor of Drum and Bugle corps, recorded with Mad About Plaid, Kevin Bright, Ben E. King, the Drifters, with me since 1990.

Jules Estrin, Trombone
Music and Economics Degrees in McGill and York U., played in Montreal with Vic Vogel and Denny Christianson, P.J. Perry, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Ashwell, Top Brass, Moe Koffman, Densil Pinnock, Bob Mover, Director of Mississauga Jazz Ensemble.

Ed Norkus, Trombone
Accordian studies Mundinger School, trombone grade 7, played in Concert Bands, the Lamplighters, the Queens Own Rifles Military Band, Governor General House Guards, the Lithuanian Choir Volunge, is a Nuclear Engineer for Ontario Hydro.

John Erlendson, Vocals
John is a member of the Erlendson Brothers Quartet, and had a JUNO nomination for his children's record "I can do anything". John and Anthony have been playing together since the early 1970's.

Rick Sonata, Vocals
2004 World Champion Tribute Artist, the closest thing you can get to Sinatra. Rat Pack: Frank, Sammy and Dean.

Anthony Terpstra, Tenor and Soprano Sax, Vocals

"Canada's finest dance big band. A perfect blend of age and youth, energy and experience. The Best in the City!"

~ Toronto Life Magazine
  "If you had an expectation of a Big Band Sound, the Starlight Orchestra far exceeds what you could ever imagine, they are fabulous!"

~ Lynn Frenette,
Fundraising Chairperson,
Hospice Dufferin's 2nd Annual