David Langor (solo cornet) has been playing in brass bands across Canada for over 45 years. He joined the MCCB in 2001 and has served as Principal Cornet since 2003. He is currently President of the MCCB Society and coordinates the music programming for the band. He is the proud husband of Suzanne (solo horn) and father of two sons.. David is a senior scientist with the Canadian Forest Service. He loves to play ice hockey and ball hockey with his sons, and enjoys hiking, backpacking and travel.
A. Daniel Skepple, Jr. was born in St. Johns, Antigua. Daniel developed his passion for music and the cornet in the Salvation Army in Kingston, ON and under the influence of Captain Kenneth R. Moore, Albert Probert and B/M Jack Green of Belleville, Ontario. Daniel is a graduate of the University of Ottawa school of music where he studied under Robert Oades, Eric Rupp and Doug Burden. Daniel auditioned for the Canadian Forces in 1984 and was accepted as a musician in 1985. In 1987 he was posted to his hometown band The Canadian Forces Vimy Band in Kingston. Daniel was featured trumpet soloist and Compere with the Vimy band for 8 years. Daniel has played in the Millcreek Colliery Band since 2001.
Bernard Wermann was born and raised in Edmonton. His father had a passion for brass band music and, at the age of five and a half, gave Bernard his start on the trumpet. Bernard has studied with Don Harris, Ted Ierton, Bill Dimmer (ESO) and Alvin Lowery (ESO). Bernard has been playing in various groups over the past 58 years. He enjoys playing and directing his church brass band and has a passion for sponsoring and teaching young trumpet students. In 2006 he joined the Mill Creek Colliery Band and is enjoying the challenges of British Brass music.
Jessica Granata was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, and developed a passion for music at a very young age. Although initially reluctant to join the music program she started on clarinet and picked up the trumpet to play in jazz band. She furthered her studies on trumpet at the University of Ottawa, where she got a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education. She is now a music teacher and enjoys teaching children of all ages. She has also played in many musicals with Suzart Productions in Ottawa, multiple wind ensembles, and now plays cornet with local brass bands. Some of her hobbies include crocheting, reading a book in a comfortable chair, baking, and snuggling with cats.
Rachel Ross started with studying piano even dabbled in playing the trombone and euphonium for a while while in high school. After spending many years enjoying her children’s concerts, Rachel thought she could learn trumpet, too. In her 50s she made learning trumpet her retirement project and is now enjoying playing in concerts of her own. When Rachel is not playing the trumpet or cornet she can be found in the curling rink, on the ski hill, on her bicycle, or at her farm in Nova Scotia.