Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band

Captain Matthew Clark, MMM, CD

Captain Matthew Clark, CD

Captain Matthew Clark was born in Southport England and immigrated to Canada with his family as a young boy.  He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Primary Reservist in 1994 and then accepted a position in the Regular Force on euphonium in 1997.   

As the Director of Music of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, Matthew is currently in his second command appointment after a successful and rewarding tour with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy from 2011-2016.  Captain Clark’s artistic vision, coupled with his passion for the development of ensemble sound and deep regard for the military music tradition has inspired many significant collaborations within the communities that he serves.  He is in high demand as a musician and has served as a guest conductor for several ensembles including, most notably, “The Presidents Own”, United States Marine Band, the Victoria Symphony, and the University of Victoria Wind Ensemble.

His keen sense of professional development has led to the production of several highly successful recordings as a Commanding Officer and the creation of new and exciting wind ensemble music with outstanding Canadian composers like Robert Buckley and Ian MacDougall.  Matthew also believes in youth development and has volunteered his time with Cadet Honour Bands, community and school ensembles, and sat on the board of directors for the Youth Mentorship Program sponsored by the Esquimalt Community Arts Council.  He has served as a clinician and adjudicator for several key music festivals and sat on the 2015 and 2016 selection board for the “Sing Me a Song” program sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Captain Clark studied conducting and wind ensemble repertoire principally with Dr. Gillian MacKay.  In 2017 Matthew was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is honoured to be only one of six Canadians within the organization.  Matthew also received the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Commendation for his outstanding service to military music, The Commander Land Force Central Area (now the 4th Canadian Division – Ontario) Commendation and the Spirit of Military Families Award.

Before his posting to Winnipeg, Captain Clark has proudly served the Canadian Armed Forces in Edmonton, AB with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band; in Ottawa ON with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Directorate of History and Heritage – Music; in Borden ON with the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center Music Division; and in Victoria BC with the Naden Band. 

An equally gifted euphonium soloist, Captain Clark has recorded on the Arktos Label and has been featured on CBC Radio and in the British Bandsman, the longest-running international publication of brass bands.  When time permits Matthew also enjoys playing golf and, of course, the most Canadian of sports - hockey.

Master Warrant Officer Curtis Bamford

MWO Godere

Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Curtis Bamford joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2004 as a primary reservist with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Manitoba and received his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with the legendary classical saxophonist, Eugene Rousseau. MWO Bamford proudly served with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in the summer of 2005, before completing a component transfer to the regular force in 2006, becoming a member of the Air Command Band. After completing his Primary Leadership Qualification in 2007, where he received the LAC Gravel peer-nominated leadership award, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. At this time, MWO Bamford was very active in the Winnipeg music scene, serving as principal saxophonist of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, as saxophone instructor at the Canadian Mennonite University and the University of Manitoba, and as a regular performer with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, which included performing as a featured soloist in the 2010 New Music Festival.

MWO Bamford was posted to the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) Band in Edmonton in 2011. In addition to his musical duties, he completed the Winter Warfare course, Wilderness Survival training with the Canadian Rangers, and the Basic Parachutist Course. Appointed to Drum Major in 2012, MWO Bamford led the RCA Band in numerous ceremonial engagements, including the Calgary Stampede Parade, Okanagan Military Tattoo, and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry 100th Anniversary Parade. Promoted to Warrant Officer (WO) in 2015, he attended the year-long French course in Edmonton before returning to the RCA Band as the Operations WO in 2016.

Returning to Winnipeg in 2017, MWO Bamford served as the Acting Senior Warrant Officer and Standards and Training WO. He completed the Warrant Officer Rank Qualification conducting course in 2018. MWO Bamford was promoted to his current rank and appointed Senior Warrant Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band in September of 2020.

Throughout his career, MWO Bamford has been fortunate to participate in numerous national and international musical deployments, including the 90th and 100th Anniversaries of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France, the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Seoul in South Korea, the Nijmegen Marches in the Netherlands, the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hammel in France, and public duties in London, England. Most recently, he served as Drum Major for the CAF Composite Pipes & Drums at the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Juno Beach, France.

MWO Bamford is married to former CAF musician, and current High School music teacher, Sgt (Ret’d) Janine Brémault Bamford, and is a proud father of their son Drew. In addition to music and family, MWO Bamford enjoys hockey, personal fitness, home construction projects, and campfires in the backyard.

Band members

Flute

  • Sergeant Katrina Limberatos
  • Corporal Derek Stevenson

Clarinet

  • Sergeant Victor Danilov
  • Corporal Michael Dassios
  • Corporal Jamie Henderson
  • Corporal Anna Sprange

Saxophone

  • Senior Warrant Officer Curtis Bamford
  • Corporal Spencer Brûlé

French Horn

  • Corporal Caitlin Coppell
  • Corporal Greg Jones

Trumpet

  • Sergeant Marleau Belanger
  • Sergeant Marc-André Labelle
  • Sergeant Michael Plummer
  • Corporal James Langridge

Trombone

  • Warrant Officer Jeremy Duggleby
  • Corporal Mikolaj Debowski

Bass Trombone

  • Master Corporal Sheila MacMillan

Euphonium

  • Corporal Kevin James

Tuba

  • Corporal Aaron Eggen
  • Corporal Kory Major

Vocal

  • Warrant Officer David Grenon
  • Sergeant Cindy Scott

Guitar

  • Sergeant Magnus Paulson

Keyboard

  • Corporal David Fraser

Drum Set and Percussion

  • Sergeant Darren Gordon
  • Sergeant Jim Johnston
  • Sergeant Jordy McIntyre

Sound Technician

  • Master Corporal Gerrit Rietveld +

+ Primary Reserves member on contract