About the Board of Directors:
Directors of the Oxford Winds Community Concert Band are elected for a two year term at our Annual General Meeting held each June. They support the band by taking care of all the behind the scenes activities that are involved with running a successful performance ensemble. The Board is responsible for organizing concerts (ticket sales, refreshments, etc.), social events, uniforms, advertising, equipment transportation, scheduling, fundraising, recruiting new members and much more!
Our Board of Directors can always use help on our many committees that keep the band running smoothly. If you have a special talent or are interested in supporting the Oxford Winds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
2020-2021 Board of Directors:
Elizabeth Goble – President
Elizabeth comes from a musical family and has been playing flute for more than 25 years. A graduate of Queen’s University School of Music, as well as the Music Industry Arts program from Fanshawe College, Elizabeth has spent several years working in media and entertainment. She was a creative manager with a large music publishing company in Toronto before moving to Oxford County. Elizabeth currently works in marketing and promotions in the local broadcast industry. She still loves playing flute and is thrilled to be volunteering and performing with the Oxford Winds.
Kara Scott – Vice President
Kara joined the Oxford Winds as a great way to meet people and get involved with the local community, while enjoying music. She started learning piano at a young age in New Zealand, and over the years her love of music led her to try playing the cornet, euphonium, cello, clarinet and, most recently, bass clarinet. In addition to playing music with the Oxford Winds, Kara loves gardening, exploring new places and being outdoors.
Vanessa Beaver – Treasurer
After learning to play the piano at a young age, Vanessa took up the alto saxophone in middle school and used it as her ticket to attend a performing arts secondary school. Here she expanded her woodwind collection by learning to play flute and clarinet, and dabbled in various musical genres – she loves jazz! After graduation, Vanessa went off to McMaster University and then Western University to study the sciences, leaving her instruments behind. Twelve years later she found the Oxford Winds and decided to rekindle her love of band music; currently she plays alto and soprano saxophone with the Winds and flute with the Breeze. In addition to making music, Vanessa enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and playing with her dog Sophie.
Jamie Fralick – Secretary
Jamie joined the Oxford Winds in 2018, following his wife Reta, who joined in 2017. They both played clarinet in Toronto in the 1970’s, playing in the North York Concert Band. In fact, that is how they met and eventually wed. Jamie is looking to recapture the tremendous sense of individual and group accomplishment playing in a band brings, trying to remaster an old passion from years past (shake the rust off) and have a ton of fun doing it.
Kent Boniface – Member
Kent first began playing in the Oxford Winds in 2007, before taking a hiatus to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Guelph. A musician since a young age, Kent achieved his ARCT diploma in piano performance in 2010, and has played trombone for bands in both Ontario and Alberta. Having now moved back to Ontario, he’s very excited to be playing with the Oxford Winds!
Colin Crouse – Member
Colin is going into his third year of playing trumpet with Oxford Winds, and his first year on the Board of Directors. Colin loves music! His family is musical and he has played piano from a young age. He learned trumpet from seventh grade through high school; he then took a 25 year hiatus! He should be practicing more so that his face can keep up with the band and he is relieved that the Oxford Winds does not do parades. Colin is happy to be working and raising his family here in Woodstock. He works for Elemental, a div. of Easy Way, as a chemical compounder and his wife works for Alzheimer Society of Oxford. His children attend Roch Carrier F.I. Colin’s skills include cooking, grammar, tennis, and movie trivia.
Marja DeBoer-Marshall – Member
Marja was introduced to the Oxford Winds by her husband Laurence, who has played clarinet in the band for many years. Although she is not musical, she loves attending the Oxford Winds’ various concerts and is pleased to be able to help behind-the-scenes as a member of the board. Marja is an artisan cheesemaker and loves spending time in the kitchen, walking around the beautiful countryside, and tending to her various pets and plants.
Darla Manship, Member
Darla was introduced to Oxford Winds by band member Teresa Sissing. Darla loves listening to music and was asked by Elisha Kroeker to consider becoming a member at large on the board. She looks forward to getting more involved with the community and hearing some great music at the same time! She is married, has 3 children and teaches Core French at Northdale PS here in Woodstock.