About the Board

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 info@oxfordwinds.ca today!

2016-2017 Board of Directors:

Terra Messier – President
Terra is currently the President of the Oxford Winds.  She originally wanted to become a music teacher and completed a year of music at Laurentian University in Sudbury. My, how things have changed! She now runs her own business, Ruff Cuts Pet Grooming, in Woodstock and loves every minute of it!  Terra has been involved with the Oxford Winds for 5 years.  She spent the first year re-acquainting herself with the trumpet which hadn’t been touched in 15 years and now remembers why she spent so much time with all the “band groupies” in her younger years! Terra thoroughly enjoys listening to most types of music from Classical to today’s Hip Hop and Rock with her favourites to play being jazz and stage band. Outside of the band, Terra likes to call herself a Jack of All Trades and Master of None!  She enjoys many things such as wood working, quilting, reading, cooking, shopping, camping and, of course, playing with the Winds.

Elizabeth Goble – Vice President
Elizabeth comes from a musical family and has been playing flute for more than 20 years. A graduate of the 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.

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.

Elisha Kroeker – Secretary
Elisha and her husband joined the Oxford Winds in 2014 when they moved to Woodstock from Brampton.   Elisha played the flute in high school and has been involved in the musical worship at her church for many years.  She loves how music can bring so much creativity and expression to people’s lives and she is looking forward to bringing up her daughter in musical arts.   Elisha is a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant at Woodstock General Hospital and is fascinated to see how music can play a part in people’s rehabilitation.  She is pleased to be a part of the board and to volunteer her time to promote this great organization.

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 back 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. He is not originally from Oxford County, but it has been home for twelve years now.  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 are going into SK and third grade at Roch Carrier F.I. Colin’s skills include cooking, grammar, tennis, and movie trivia.

Marja DeBoer-Marshall – Member
Marja is new to Oxford County and 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. When she’s not busy at work or volunteering for various community groups, she can be found taking pictures of her cat, daydreaming about all the farm animals she would like to add to her collection, and spending way too much time in used bookstores.

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.