WHAT IS THE BAND ROOM?
In 2017, founder and host Dylan Maddix, found himself overwhelmed with unemployment and decided to put his “extra” time to good use. Through his yearning to share his love of band music and its people, he started The Band Room Podcast.
Alas...something, or someone was missing! In 2021, composer Cait Nishimura joined the BRP team as co-host and the two have been changing the world one episode at a time ever since!
Each week they host conductors, composers, music educators and performers who are forging a way forward in our band world. Dylan and Cait also go solo exploring topics of music education, conducting, composition, entrepreneurship and more.
DYLAN ROOK MADDIX
FOUNDER & HOST
Dylan Rook Maddix, a sought-after conductor, clinician, trumpeter and adjudicator, is a first-year doctorate student at Arizona State University pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind band conducting. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, he is founder of the Toronto Winds and founder/host of The Band Room Podcast.
Maddix served as Professor of Music and head of wind and brass studies at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where he conducted the wind ensemble, taught music theory, wind/brass methods and pedagogy courses. He rebuilt the wind ensemble program and founded the Cambrian College Wind Conducting Workshop, and was also on the conducting faculty at Laurentian University.
He maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community and has been music director of the Milton Concert Band and the Northern Brass Choir, a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, program assistant of the Hannaford Youth Program and is currently manager of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. He conducted the Royal Conservatory Brass Ensemble, Northern Ontario Honour Band, Halifax Community Band Festival, Northdale Concert Band, Western University New Music, Hannaford Youth Band, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Kingston Brass Choir and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra.
Maddix was the conducting/music consultant for Netflix’s Umbrella Academy and Global TV’s Private Eyes and has performed with artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, The Video Games Live Orchestra, Johnny Reid, The Broadway Tenors, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Hogtown Brass Quintet and Vox Aeris Trio.
A 2011 and 2014 Canadian National Music Festival prizewinner, he has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Weston Silver Band, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. Maddix holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.
CAIT NISHIMURA (she/her) is a Canadian composer, songwriter, and music educator based in Toronto. Known for writing melody-driven, programmatic music, Cait has quickly established herself as a prominent voice in the concert band community. With influences from minimalism and pop music, her work is full of simple yet lush harmonies, and themes that linger in listeners’ minds. A lifelong nature-lover, she draws inspiration from the beauty of the natural world and aims to transport listeners to the landscapes she writes about.
Cait’s music has become increasingly popular among middle and high school music programs, and new works are regularly commissioned by ensembles and individuals around the world. Her music has been presented at The Midwest Clinic, MusicFest Canada, and numerous other conferences and festivals across North America. In 2019, the Ontario Band Association commissioned her work Intrinsic Light in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Ontario Music Educators Association. Her best-selling piece Chasing Sunlight was the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association’s composition competition.
Cait is committed to presenting contemporary concert music that is approachable, relevant, and enjoyable for all. Before transitioning to a full-time career as a composer, she taught instrumental music and continues to prioritize and advocate for the value of music education.
Cait is equally comfortable behind the pencil and on the podium, and actively seeks opportunities to connect personally with the communities for whom she writes. Her charismatic, personable nature makes her a highly sought-after guest artist in the classroom, on stage, and on screen. She is passionate about setting a positive example for future generations of musicians through her creative work, her social media presence, and her dedication to increasing awareness about mental health and environmentalism.
Cait holds undergraduate degrees in music and education from the University of Toronto, but is an advocate of people pursuing their passions regardless of their field of study. Outside of her work in the “classical” realm, Cait enjoys pushing her creative boundaries through writing and performing original pop songs, and is recording her first album. All of Cait’s concert works are self-published under Cait Nishimura Music and are distributed by Murphy Music Press, LLC.
PRODUCER & EDITOR
Jonathan Wong is a Toronto-based conductor, clarinettist, keyboardist, singer, and educator. His wide-ranging work in concert, opera, musical theatre, and educational contexts is tied together by a love for music’s communicative power and its ability to build communities in an inimitable way.
As a conductor, he is Artistic Director of Ruckus: The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Alumni & Community Choir, Artistic Director of Serenata Singers (Scarborough, ON), and Assistant Conductor of the University of Toronto Campus Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a frequent participant in conducting programs across North America. He was twice a conducting fellow with Drs. Mark Hopkins and Gillian MacKay and the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, Apprentice Conductor with Orchestra Toronto, and a recipient of the CBDNA Mike Moss Conducting Study Grant. In opera, Jonathan was a 2020-21 RBC Future Launch Emerging Artist Fellow with the Association for Opera in Canada and was previously Artistic Director and Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Lyric Opera Centre. His principal conducting teachers have been Dr. Gillian MacKay and Ivars Taurins.
As an award-winning clarinettist, Jonathan's experience covers the gamut of solo, chamber, orchestral, and wind band playing. Career highlights include performing at Carnegie Hall as concertmaster of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and a concerto performance with the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble as a winner of the University of Toronto Winds Concerto Competition. As a keyboardist, Jonathan’s playing covers both modern and historical keyboards. He works regularly as a solo and collaborative keyboardist and continuo player. He has studied harpsichord and organ with Charlotte Nediger, Kevin Komisaruk, and Olivier Fortin.
Jonathan is fiercely committed to education in community, classroom, and private settings. He teaches and coaches clarinet, piano, and voice, both privately and at Tone Labs Music Studio in Markham, ON. Jonathan is a teaching assistant annually at York Music Camp, and he can be found leading sectionals, clinics, and masterclasses for programs across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
Jonathan holds an Advanced Certificate in Performance, Early Music (harpsichord) and Bachelor of Music with Honours (music education, clarinet) from the University of Toronto, having received the University of Toronto Student Leadership Award alongside multiple scholarships throughout his studies.
WANT TO HELP? DONATE TO BRP!
Want to help support BRP? You can donate and become a patron on our Patreon page. Your contributions will help me travel (after the pandemic) for more interviews, purchase better equipment, and allow me the time and resources to do the work I love to do. My goal is to expand my output, developing resources for music students and music teachers, ensuring that the podcast has a future. Thank you so much for listening to BRP and for your support into the future!
THANKS TO OUR PATREON SUPPORTERS
($10 a month and above)
Dr. Ellen Lockhart
Dr. Gillian MacKay
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY THE
CANADIAN BAND ASSOCIATION
We are excited to partner with the Canadian Band Association, welcoming them as a sponsor of The Band Room Podcast! Both Dylan and Cait have benefitted from the programming of the CBA/provincial chapters and are looking forward to sharing these resources and events with our listeners, even if you're not Canadian! From participating in the National Youth Band of Canada, to conducting symposia, the Canadian Winds Journal, Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition and much more!
Learn more about the CBA by visiting: https://www.canadianband.org/