The Westwinds Executive Board is an elected body that operates and administers the affairs of the Society.
The Executive holds regular monthly meetings, as well as the Annual General Meeting in October and Special Meetings and Planning Sessions throughout the year. The Executive is re-elected every year in April with the new Executive memebers taking over their positions in June of the same year. The Executive Board consists of 5 Voting Members, 4 of which are elected on an Annual Basis: President, Vice-President, Treasurer & Secretary.
Additonal support comes from the Executive Committee, which is appointed by the Executive Board.
Group Representatives make up the remainder of the Westwinds structure and include Group Managers, Group Assistant Managers (where applicable) and Group Librarians.
Westwinds Organizational Structure [Organizational Structure]
President - Bruce Robin (Joined 2005)
My name is Bruce Robin and I’m the current President of Westwinds. I joined Westwinds in 2005, after playing for several years in a music society in Cochrane, where I live, and deciding I needed more musical challenge. While watching the Westwinds web site for audition material changes, I saw a posting for the drum chair in a jazz band that was to be touring Cuba in the summer of 2005. I applied, auditioned, got the chair, and I’ve been active in Westwinds ever since.
This year, I’ll start my fifteenth year with Westwinds Music Society. The primary reason I keep coming back is the music. I play in an advanced (“Gold”) jazz band, and I sing in the Choral Ensemble, Westwinds’ auditioned mixed-voice choir, and I love both. Westwinds provides challenging repertoire, strong friendships with fellow musicians, great performance opportunities, and occasional travel abroad on unforgettable international tours.
Finally, my father taught me never to be “a little bit involved” in something. He was a great believer in getting out of an organization what you’re willing to put into it. In that light, I also value highly my service on the Executive of Westwinds. I’m currently in my tenth year on the Board, and this service deepens my commitment to the organization, and the enjoyment I receive from it.
I can’t imagine what my life would look like without Westwinds, and I’m certain I wouldn’t be enjoying it as much.
Vice-President & Social Media Coordinator - Stephanie McNeil (Joined 2008)
Stephanie McNeil is a born and raised Calgarian fueled by coffee and craft-spirts. She has been an active member in the Calgary music community for 24 years.
Stephanie began her band journey in grade 7 at Queen Elizabeth Jr High School. She started with Westwinds Music in 2008, added Group Manager to her Professional Experience in 2013, and moved up to Vice-President for the 2018-2019 season as of June 1, 2018.
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and is currently a member of the Silver Concert Band (Bassoon) which meets on Wednesday nights at Lord Beaverbrook High School.
Treasurer - Erin Burke (Joined - )
Secretary - P-J Harder (Joined 2003, returned 2015)
A former high school band member, P-J played French horn in Purple Band in the 2003-04 season and returned to Westwinds in the 2015-16 season as a member of Green Choir to fulfill a lifelong dream of learning to sing. The following year she added Bronze Band to her schedule, in addition to Mixed Choir. She has volunteered as a Member at Large and is happy to serve in the role of Secretary. She was excited to tour with Westwinds to Ireland and Scotland in the summer of 2018.
Artistic Director - Jane McLauchlin (Joined - )
Jane McLauchlin knew at a young age she wanted to be a teacher. Along with growing up in a house full of music, the decision to pursue a career as a music teacher became clear during a Grade 7 band class. Since then, she has had a successful career teaching Junior High School Concert and Jazz Band, Elementary and General Music and African Drumming in Calgary for 30 years. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and her teaching certification from the University of Calgary and has since taught at a variety of schools in Calgary, most recently, the North Campus of the Arts Centered Learning Program at Sir John Franklin School.
Her bands have regularly received ‘Superior’ rankings, have won numerous awards and have travelled extensively throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She has been guest conductor at the Calgary Summer Band Workshop and the Northern Alberta Junior High Honour Band and most recently, adjudicator for Grade 1 bands at the Alberta International Band Festival.
She became involved in the Westwinds Music Society by joining several of the bands to try out life on the ‘other side of the baton’ and plans to continue to participate in the Wind Orchestra and the Gold South Jazz Band.
She has toured and performed in China and Eastern Europe with Westwinds and participates annually in ‘adult band camp’ with renowned guest conductors in Canmore.
Jane is inspired by her students every day and takes great joy from watching these young people grow into accomplished, confident musicians with a love and appreciation for being a part of the exceptional experience of band and all that entails. She is excited and honoured to be invited to be the Westwinds Blue Concert Band director and is looking forward to working with this inspired and keen group of adults.
Executive Assistant - Tina Holgate (Joined - )
Tina is happy to add “Executive Assistant” to her roles with Westwinds Music Society. She joined the flute section of what was then Gold Band sometime around 1995. After a few years, she turned around and decided that the back row looked like fun, so she joined the percussion section of what is now Silver Concert Band. Besides running around back there, she has been Group Manager, Secretary, Vice President, Emcee, and also served on two Anniversary Committees. At one point she even sat in a mall in front of a sign that said, “Westwinds – come and blow your horn!” Yes, really. Tina looks forward to helping out with the continued fun and success of Westwinds Music Society.
Web Coordinator - Tik Tycholaz (Joined 2001)
Tik has been a Westwinds member since 2001 and is currently tasked with maintaining Westwinds' online presence.
Tik is currently a member of the Mixed Choir (Tenor). Tik has served as the Secretary for the Executive, been a member of the 20th Anniversary Committee, was Co-Chair of the 25th Anniversary Committee, a member of the 30th Anniversary Committee, and has volunteered at numerous events.
Tik participated in 2013's China Tour and performed in both the China Concert Band and China Choir. Tik participated in both the Band and Choir again for the Eastern Europe 2015 Tour.
Volunteer Coordinator - Kim Emons (Joined - )
Promotions Coordinator - Megan Rees (Joined 2012)
Megan Rees first joined the Westwinds Jazz Orchestra in 2012 where she played in the trombone section for the year before pursuing her BMus in Victoria B.C. She has since returned to Calgary, is currently a member of the Symphonic Band, and is excited to step into the role of Promotions Coordinator this year!