Performing Arts

Performing Arts Faculty
Edna Widenmaier
Phil Newns
Lorraine Blake
Scott McGill
Tristan Clausen

On the stage, in the music and dance studios, and at debating tournaments, our students develop their artistry and creative self-expression as pathways to emotional intelligence. We believe in building confidence and discipline as the fundamental cornerstones of everything we do. Through individual and ensemble performances, we give voice to our thoughts, ideas, and interpretations, bringing the past and present to life. All this in an exquisite 20,000 square foot theatre facility.

Choreography 12Dance 9-12Advanced Dance 11/12
Rock Band 9-12Jazz Band 8-12Composition Rock Band 10-12
AP Music TheoryJunior Acting 9/10Acting 11/12
Musical Theatre 10-12Senior Play 11-12Vocal Ensemble 9-12
String Ensemble 9-12Wind Ensemble 9-12Guitar Ensemble 9-12
Musical Theatre 8Vocal Jazz Ensemble 9-12

Arts Documents

Brentwood offers our students a number of ways to improve their arts including private lessons. For a full list of available private lessons please view the 2016-2017: Music Department Resource Guide

Students performing in Les Mis

Brentwood’s unique theatrical program provides a great foundation for a beginner to pave their road to success, while still generating challenges for an aspiring Kevin Mambo (Class of 1990). An assortment of courses allows us to venture into different realms of performing arts, whether it be behind the scenes, front and centre, or just continuing your development in class. - Emily B. '15

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The 2013 Brentwood Musical - In the Heights
Les Miserables
The annual senior play
The Model UN at Brentwood
The view from the booth in the theatre

Vocal Jazz Ensemble 9-12

Over the years, our Vocal Jazz Ensemble has established a reputation for artistic excellence and fun-filled shows, regularly receiving invitations to Canadian National Festivals. Our repertoire consists of jazz arrangements in 4-part harmony, while a study of scat singing and improvisation is also included in our weekly classes. Microphones are used in our ensemble, and members will learn to understand blend, balance, and microphone techniques. The ensemble will often perform with a live jazz combo as well as singing a cappella arrangements. Ear training and sight-reading skills become a high priority in this ensemble, as does a passion for performing. All members are evaluated on their participation and are expected to perform in musical events, including festivals during the course of the year.

Theatre Production 10-12

Students who are interested in supporting Brentwood's vibrant performing arts program should sign up for this course. Creative opportunities for students include stage management, lighting console operation, sound editing and design, projections, special effects and theatrical design. Students shall be responsible for technical support of all live productions in the T. Gil Bunch Theatre and throughout the campus. This course is open to Grades 10, 11 and 12 and Grade 9 with instructor's permission. Students who have completed this program have continued to such post-secondary programs as Masters in Theatre Design, Audio Engineering, Theatre Production and Design, Directing.

Musical Theatre 8

This course is for Grade 8 actors, singers and dancers who will experience the thrill of live musical theatre. Students will be taught skills in all aspects of musical theatre, acting, singing and dancing, and will put on a show at the end of the first term. Costumes and makeup will add to the full musical experience. Past shows have included “Aladdin Jr. and “Seussical the Musical Jr.” All grade 8 students will participate and principal roles will be decided by audition in early September. 

Wind Ensemble 9-12

This course is for instrumental musicians who are at an intermediate to advanced level of performance ability. The Wind Ensemble includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments. This large ensemble performs music from a wide range of genres, from orchestral transcriptions and traditional concert band repertoire to world music and pieces from a variety of popular genres like pop, rock, jazz, show tunes, and the like. All members are evaluated on their participation and are expected to perform in all planned musical events including music festivals during the course of the year.

Music Appreciation, Composition and Technology 12 / AP Music Theory

This class meets 4 to 5 periods per week. The classes are broken up as follows:
1. Students will study music theory fundamentals for 2 periods per week.
2. Students will study Sight Reading and ear training for 1 period per week.
3. Students will study composition and technology for 1 period per week.
4. Students will study analysis for 1 period per week.


NOTE: Students will have the option of doing the either the Royal Conservatory of Music advanced theory exam and / or challenging the AP music theory exam in May. This course is also creditable through the British Columbia Ministry of Education.


Students will be exposed to the following skill sets during the course of the year.
(a) Theory Fundamentals
(b) Intermediate Harmony
(c) Analysis and Music Appreciation
(d) Aural Skills
(e) Sight Reading and rhythm reading
(f) Music composition, orchestration and arranging
(g) Music Software and Technology

Debate, Model UN & Public Speaking

With several components,  including public speaking, debate, Model United Nations, and mock law trials, the program features a breadth of offerings. Students, of all experience levels, receive the support, and opportunities, needed to achieve their best, whether in small-group settings or competing at the national level. All students participate in public speaking and debate activities, but select areas of specialisation, often in preparation for higher-level competition. Our coaching system provides for leadership within the program, with more experienced debaters leading workshops and organising special events. 

In order to increase their confidence, all students must exercise and enhance their public speaking skills. This stream runs year-long, underlying and connecting all components. Students participate in in-class public speaking exercises, including persuasive, extemporaneous and after-dinner speaking. They may also deliver interpretive readings and dramatic monologues, focusing on the stylistic characteristics of delivery, and may be selected to represent the school at both the local and provincial levels. 

Debating in a range of styles, including World Schools, Canadian National, cross-examination and bilingual debate, students compete at the local, regional and provincial levels, with some representing British Columbia at the Canadian National Secondary Schools tournament. All students participate in in-house debates, in preparation for external competition, and have the opportunity to represent their Houses in Inter-House debates, as well as online tournaments against  debaters from other regions of the world. Our carefully structured coaching structure is multi-faceted, with our most experienced debaters stepping into leadership roles and receiving specialised support from university-level debaters.

The Model United Nations component provides the opportunity to debate contemporary and historical issues from a range of international perspectives and delegates learn to find compromise between opposing points of view, prioritizing aspects of greatest importance. Our Island Model United Nations conference, organised by our own students (imun.ca), is a one-day event that offers committee options for first-time and experienced delegates. Students also have the opportunity to participate in select conferences, including ShawMUN (Shawnigan Lake School), VMUN (Vancouver), NHSMUN (not available in 2015-16) and SSUNS (Montreal).   ​

This program is ideal for students who wish to improve their communication skills, are interested in weighing conflicting truth claims and are eager to craft well-researched and multi-layered arguments. Consisting of complimentary streams and designed to meet the needs of students of all ability levels, the program has something for everyone.

Strings Ensemble 9–12

Composed primarily of instruments from the string family, this course is open to students who have intermediate to advanced levels of study on their instrument. These instruments include the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The String Ensemble may from time to time be able to accommodate guest performances from vocalists or students who play the harp, piano, or percussion. The ensemble will perform a wide variety of repertoire from classical to modern and from traditional to popular.

Jazz Band 8–12

The Brentwood College jazz band 8-12 includes intermediate to advanced musicians willing and able to tackle moderately challenging jazz band arrangements. Ear training and sight-reading skills will become a high priority in this group. Members will be encouraged to listen to various styles of jazz to better understand the jazz genre. The art of improvisation will be studied and soloists from within the band encouraged. All members are evaluated on their participation and are expected to perform in all planned musical events including music festivals during the course of the year.

 

 

Intermediate Rock Band 9–12

Intermediate Rock Band 9-12 is designed to nurture an appreciation of the art of rock music. It will be divided into analysis, practical, audio, composition and performance, and will have an emphasis on the history of popular music from the 60’s to the present day. A fundamental understanding of basic reading skills and chord charts will be studied. A variety of styles will be explored and performed from blues, rock, pop, Motown, reggae, country, and rap. The course will explore and understand the audio/visual equipment used by rock bands for performance and recording such as PA systems, amps, and recording equipment. Further instruction will be given in band etiquette, instrument role, microphone technique, balance, blend, mixing, lead singing, harmony singing, dynamics and showmanship. The band will perform throughout the year at various venues including the annual Brentwood Regatta.

Guitar Ensemble 9–12

Guitar Ensemble 9-12 is a course designed to teach students to play guitar in a school band setting. Students will explore a variety of different guitars from Nylon string and Steel stringed acoustics to other stringed instruments from the Lute family such Banjo, Mandolin and Ukulele. Having multiple players each part is standard practice in the string orchestra. The students will study and perform a literature of all styles – from classical, movie, Broadway, to pop scores. All students are evaluated on their participation and are expected to perform in all planned musical events including music festivals during the course of the year. The grand finale for the Guitar Ensemble is the Concert for a Summers Eve in the Killy Theater in early June.

Dance 9-12

Dance 9

Experienced Junior Dance: A fast-paced class for young dancers with a minimum of three years dance experience, preferably including some classical training. Ballet, modern and jazz technique will be covered, with an emphasis on performance both in the community and on campus.

Dance 10

Intermediate Dance: This course (at grade level) encourages dancing for fitness and pleasure by exposing students to basic jazz and modern dance techniques incorporating stretching and strengthening techniques within the warm-up. Students will have an opportunity to practice and perform choreography prepared by the instructor and/or student choreographers.

Dance 11

Junior Experienced Dance: A fast-paced class for young dancers with a minimum of three years dance experience, preferably including some classical training. Ballet, modern and jazz technique will be covered, with an emphasis on performance both in the community and on campus. 

Intermediate Dance: This course (at grade level) encourages dancing for fitness and pleasure by exposing students to basic jazz and modern dance techniques incorporating stretching and strengthening techniques within the warm-up. Students will have an opportunity to practice and perform choreography prepared by the instructor and/or student choreographers.

Dance 12

Advanced Dance: A fast-paced class focusing on technique and strength development. Varied styles to be incorporated through workshops and teacher and/or student directed choreography. Students may gain experience in the creative process of choreography either in a solo setting or within small groups. An emphasis on performance will follow throughout the year. (Acceptance by audition)

Intermediate Dance: This course (at grade level) encourages dancing for fitness and pleasure by exposing students to basic jazz and modern dance techniques incorporating stretching and strengthening techniques within the warm-up. Students will have an opportunity to practice and perform choreography prepared by the instructor and/or student choreographers.

Vocal Ensemble 9–12

This course is intended for students of any ability who are interested in singing. During the course of the year, the ensemble may be split into a Men’s and a Women’s ensemble. The ensemble performs a wide range of genres, from standard choral repertoire and traditional world and folk music, to contemporary styles such as pop, gospel, a cappella, and more. Using songs intended for performance, class instruction focuses on breath support, tone production, ear training listening skills, singing melody, harmony, reading music, as well as components of self-evaluation and music theory. Students will perform at local venues, music festivals, and on campus for major concerts. No audition is required. All members are evaluated on their participation and are expected to perform in all planned musical events including music festivals during the course of the year.

Composition Rock Band 10–12

Composition Rock Band 10-12 is designed for students who have completed at least one year of Advanced Rock Band or can show by audition, proficiency on their instrument and meet the standards of the “Composition” Rock Band. Students of this advanced class will learn the craft of composing, arranging and recording, along with the use of computers and music scoring software. As in Intermediate Rock Band, A variety of styles will be explored, composed and performed, from blues, rock, pop, Motown, reggae, country, and rap. The band will perform throughout the year at various venues including the annual Brentwood Regatta.

Choreography 12

Choreography 12 takes place with Advanced Dance and is only open to Grade 12 students who have already received a Grade 12 Dance credit. Students will gain this credit after designing a duet, small group or large ensemble choreography. During the first term a solo choreographic piece is presented (in class project). Second and third term the dancer will work with his/her peers to complete a larger piece. Costuming, lighting design, music editing, rehearsal scheduling, teaching and perfecting both movement and spacing, will all be marked.

Beginner Rock Band 9–12

Beginner Rock Band 9-12 is designed to nurture an appreciation of the art of rock music. It will be divided into analysis, practical, audio, composition and performance, and will have an emphasis on the history of popular music from the 60’s to the present day. A fundamental understanding of basic reading skills and chord charts will be studied. A variety of styles will be explored and performed from blues, rock, pop, Motown, reggae, country, and rap. The course will explore and understand the audio/visual equipment used by rock bands for performance and recording such as PA systems, amps, and recording equipment. Further instruction will be given in band etiquette, instrument role, microphone technique, balance, blend, mixing, lead singing, harmony singing, dynamics and showmanship. The band will perform throughout the year at various venues including the annual Brentwood Regatta.

Beginner Band 8–12

If you have always wanted to play in a band, this course could be for you. The Beginner Band welcomes all brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, even if you don’t even know what you want to play yet. The ensemble also welcomes students with instrumental experience interested in trying something new. The course will take you through a step-by-step program as you learn your instrument while playing as an ensemble. After completing a year in our beginner band, students will be ready to join the Wind Ensemble or Jazz Band—or both!

Rock Band 9–12

Beginner Rock Band 9–12

Beginner Rock Band 9-12 is designed to nurture an appreciation of the art of rock music. It will be divided into analysis, practical, audio, composition and performance, and will have an emphasis on the history of popular music from the 60’s to the present day. A fundamental understanding of basic reading skills and chord charts will be studied. A variety of styles will be explored and performed from blues, rock, pop, Motown, reggae, country, and rap. The course will explore and understand the audio/visual equipment used by rock bands for performance and recording such as PA systems, amps, and recording equipment. Further instruction will be given in band etiquette, instrument role, microphone technique, balance, blend, mixing, lead singing, harmony singing, dynamics and showmanship. The band will perform throughout the year at various venues including the annual Brentwood Regatta.

Advanced Rock Band 9–12



Advanced Rock Band 9-10 is designed for students who have completed at least one year of Intermediate Rock Band or can show by audition, proficiency on their instrument, and meet the standards of the Advanced Rock Band.  The course will be divided into analysis, practical, audio, composition and performance, but will have an emphasis on the current day music scene. Members will do an advanced exploration and understand the audio/visual equipment used by rock bands for performance and recording such as PA systems, amps, and recording equipment. Further instruction will be given in band etiquette, instrument role, microphone technique, balance, blend, mixing, lead singing, harmony singing, dynamics and showmanship. The band will perform throughout the year at various venues including the annual Brentwood Regatta. The grand finale for the Intermediate Rock Band is the Concert for a Summer’s Eve in the Killy Theatre in early June.

Advanced Dance 11/12

A fast-paced class focusing on technique and strength development. Varied styles to be incorporated through workshops and teacher and/or student directed choreography. Students may gain experience in the creative process of choreography either in a solo setting or within small groups. An emphasis on performance will follow throughout the year. 

A Cappella Show Choir 9–12

The A Cappella Show Choir as popularized in shows such as “Glee” and “Pitch Perfect”, is geared towards talented and dynamic singers willing to put on a show while tackling moderately challenging vocal jazz, pop and Broadway a- cappella arrangements. Ear training and sight reading skills become a high priority in this group as does a passion for performing. The use of microphones will be used with members learning and understanding blend, balance and microphone technique. Although most of the repertoire is a cappella - (unaccompanied), at times the group is accompanied by a live band. All members are evaluated on their participation and are expected to perform in all planned musical events including music festivals during the course of the year.

Musical Theatre 9

This course is for Grade 9 actors, singers and dancers who have a passion for performing and would like to broaden their knowledge and experience of musical theatre. Students will be taught skills in all aspects of musical theatre, and will perform 10 to 15 minute mini-musical shows at the end of each term. Shows will include Broadway and seasonal collections, with choreography, costumes and makeup adding to the full musical theatre experience. Students taking this course will develop the necessary tools needed to become the potential future stars in our major Brentwood musical productions.

Musical Theatre 10–12

Phantom of the Opera at Brentwood

This course is for actors, singers and dancers, who would like to broaden their knowledge and experience of musical theatre. Students interested in participating in the Brentwood Musical to be performed in March should register for this course, as class time will be utilized for rehearsals. Principal roles will be decided by audition. Principals will also be required to rehearse on sports afternoons in the second term, and all members of the musical's cast and crew should expect extra rehearsals in the second term, including Sunday afternoons.

Junior Acting 9/10

Drama students acting

This foundation in acting course will introduce students to theatre arts, as well as, develop some key personal skills. The craft of acting taught in a safe, nurturing workshop environment, will build confidence, vocal strength and physical dexterity.  These skills are necessary on the stage, but can be very useful in the classroom and in life. Creative drama games, improvisation, as well as, scripted scene work from a variety of plays and movies will be vehicles for instruction. A new acting for the camera unit will be introduced in the last term. No pre-requisite required. A terrific preliminary skills course to prepare a creative student for a performance course such as Senior Acting, Musical Theatre or the Senior Play.

Acting 11 & 12

Students acting

The focus of this course is the development of intermediate and advanced acting skills. Students will have the opportunity to perform on stage and in front of a camera. Scene studies will introduce the class to a variety of theatrical styles: comedy, farce, verse, tragedy, children’s theatre, and film. The art of developing a character (including your own) will be emphasized. 

Senior Play

The senior play

This course is for the experienced drama student who wants to audition for a role in the main stage play presented in the Killy Theatre in April. The demands of this course are high and students must be prepared to work hard and commit to weekend and sport afternoon rehearsals in the third term. An appreciation of the technical elements (makeup, lighting, sound, sets, costumes, props) and performance skills will be developed throughout the rehearsal process. Those students who register and audition but do not get a part in the play, will join the Acting 11 and 12 course.

Edna Widenmaier

Edna Widenmaier

Hons. B.A. (Guelph), M.A. ( Toronto-Massey College), T.T. University of B.C. Drama Centre, London, England (Directing Programme), Director of Arts, English, Musical, Theatre Manager

A graduate of the Masters Degree programme in English and Drama, Massey College, the University of Toronto, and the Drama Centre in London, England, Edna Widenmaier has enjoyed over two decades of teaching experience in English, dram,a and musical theatre. After several years in the real business, including management of Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto and Canadian Place Theatre in Stratford, she began her teaching career in Vancouver. Since joining the Brentwood faculty in 1990, Mrs. Widenmaier has tap danced as a teacher of English, drama, and musical theatre, and Head of the English Department before her present appointments as Theatre Manager of the T. Gil Bunch Centre for Performing Arts, and Head of Arts. Her experience as a setter of exams for the Ministry of Education and a reader and faculty consultant for the College Board supports her passion for teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and her obsession as a "bardologist". Mrs. Widenmaier also directs and produces the annual Brentwood spring musical. At home in the summer with her husband, Michael, Mrs. Widenmaier enjoys puttering in the garden and reading.

Lorraine Blake

Lorraine Blake

F.I.S.T.D., R.A.D. Dance, Choreography, Theatre Administration

Born eighteen miles south of London, England, Lorraine Blake completed her high school education in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). By age sixteen, her training allowed her to dance with the Bulawayo City Ballet Company, both locally and on several National Tours. Ms. Blake’s teacher training took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, and teaching posts at studios in England and Zimbabwe followed. Working closely with girls through dance, paved the way for her appointment as Houseparent of Gwynneth House (now Allard House), dance teacher and choreographer at Brentwood College School. Ms. Blake travels extensively while examining for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, has adjudicated local festivals, and choreographs dance and musical theatre productions for all ages. 

Don Armitage

Don Armitage

Technical Director, Theatre

Don has been working professionally in the performing arts for over 25 years. Currently an instructor and technical director at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, Don has been safely instructing and facilitating young people's involvement in the performing arts for over fifteen years. As a performer, producer, stage manager, sound and recording engineer, lighting designer and technical director, he has worked with such acts as The Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, Colin James and with such productions as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Hair", "Les Miserables", "Phantom of the Opera", "Wizard of Oz", and "Beauty and the Beast".

Phil Newns

A.R.C.T., R.M.T.  Head of Music. Musical Theater, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Show Choir, AP Music Theory, Administration

Phil is well known as a jazz pianist, vocalist, bandleader and educator. He studied music at the University of Natal in South Africa and later through the University of Toronto. In 1990, as Canadian Champion, Phil represented Canada in the Yamaha International Organ Festival held in Mexico City that year placing 6th in the world. His extensive professional career credits include: 1991 British Columbia Winter Games score, Festival Producer and Corporate Entertainer, Music Director of many major theatrical productions - most recently The In the Heights, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, and Artistic Director / Producer for Choirs in Concert; a children's charity. Phil is also an accomplished arranger for theatre and dance companies. His jazz bands, choirs, and private students achieve top honors in festivals across Canada each year including the annual Nationals - Music Fest Canada. As a professional musician, Phil can be found on weekends playing piano at venues such as the Ocean Point Resort and the Grand Hotel Pacific in Victoria or with his jazz band "The Hot Velvet Jazz Band" at various events and venues.

Susan Quinton

B.A. (U of Winnipeg), B.Ed. (U of Manitoba), M.Ed. (U of Manitoba)

A drama and theatre specialist from Winnipeg, Susan Quinton immigrated to the West Coast in 2003 to teach English and Drama at Brentwood. With an undergraduate degree in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of Winnipeg and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Manitoba, Mrs. Quinton taught and directed theatre for 26 years at the secondary and university levels in Winnipeg. Her love of the dramatic is only surpassed by her love of nature, the game of tennis, and her family and friends she is encouraging to move to British Columbia. Mrs. Quinton and her husband, Jeff, enjoy the natural beauty of the Cowichan Valley and the weather, which allows them to play outside all year round. She does not miss the snow of her beloved prairie province where she still spends her summers on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

Neil Bryant

B.Sc. (Victoria) Chemistry, Science, Debating, Law

While he is not keen to admit it, Neil is approaching the middle part of his career in teaching. All of it has been at one boarding school or another, and all of them are within 20 kilometres of Mill Bay. Consequently, he is very happy to now be part of the Brentwood faculty, as he has admired the school from outside the gates for years.  After graduating from UVIC with a Biochemistry degree and almost finishing his MA in Special Education from UBC, Neil decided that he would much rather teach chemistry and science rather than merely practice them. Thoroughly absorbed by feeding 2 persnickety cats and raising 2 amazing children, Neil also enjoys road bike racing, rowing and coaching debate all of which get the heart pumping and allow him to eat like a king without looking like a zeppelin. He also is a trial writer for the Science 10 curriculum and exam with the BC Ministry of Education, on the executive for the BC Speech and Debate Society, and sings in a cover band whenever he has a spare evening.

Rachel Steele-MacInnis

Rachel Steele MacInnis

B.A. (UVic), M. Ed. (Sydney) English, Debating

Growing up in Western Newfoundland, Rachel Steele-MacInnis was inspired by the powerful landscapes and extraordinary storytelling. She completed her schooling in Ottawa and continued her cross-country journey when she chose to complete her undergraduate studies in Victoria. Having set her sights on another, somewhat larger, island, she then moved to Melbourne, Australia, which would become her home of the next ten years. Uplifted by the energy in her classroom, Ms. MacInnis is excited by the insights and creativity of the students she guides. She has travelled widely, but has never escaped the spell that was cast when she first arrived on Vancouver Island. As a teacher of English, Ms. MacInnis often finds herself discussing the significance of setting. She feels very fortunate to find herself in this one.

Tristan Clausen

Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Beginner Band, Assistant Director Concert Choir

A true Vancouver Islander, Tristan completed a diploma in classical music at VIU and then his Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. Both an instrumentalist and vocalist, he has performed in Victoria as a member of the 5Fd RCA Band and the award winning Vancouver Island Chamber Choir. As a Lieutenant in the Canadian Forces, Tristan has directed both concert and marching bands in parades and ceremonies. He began his teaching career at St. Margaret’s School and has moved on the direct concert bands, jazz bands and choirs of all ages around Victoria. Most recently he served as vocal coach and musical director for a 2015 production of Grease. In his teaching, Tristan focuses on instilling in his students the joy of music making and the self-motivation needed to excel.

Scott McGill

Scott McGill

Jazz Diploma (Capilano College) Rock Band

West Coast born and raised, Scott McGill majored in pop voice and jazz at Capilano College in Vancouver. He gained industry attention with the release of two notable independent albums nominated for esteemed music awards: in 1997, the album, First Time won runner-up at the YTV Youth Achievement Awards. In 2000, Check the Hype was nominated Best New Indie Album at the influential West Coast Music Awards. In 2001, Mr.McGill was selected for a part in the Global Television reality show, Pop Stars: Boy Meets Girl, filmed in Toronto. Mr. McGill currently fronts three bands in Vancouver: "Revelry", "Juice", and "Hummer". He also composes and records his own solo projects. He regularly opens for bands such as Nickleback, Widemouth Mason, and Tower of Power and describes his work as "acousticpopfolksouljazz" Currently, Mr.McGill teaches guitar and pop voice at Minstrels Music on Vancouver Island. Mr.McGill's teaching philosophy encourages students to find their own voice through music. At Brentwood, he teaches guitar and has begun the highly popular fine arts programme, "Baker Street Band" - rock school, by any other name.

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