Instructional Staff

Ryan Hancock

Manager, Bands

Ryan Hancock is a proud alumnus of the Showband, Stetson Band, Round-Up Band, Allegiance Elite, and Troopers Drum Corps. Ryan is a graduate of the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary and has been an active percussion teacher with ensembles in Calgary and area since September 2006. Ryan has had the opportunity to work with the Showband in many roles since 2009, including drumline technician, percussion coordinator, and Assistant Director of Bands. He currently serves as the Manager, Bands for the Calgary Stampede Foundation.

Chris Bourne

Brass Coordinator

Chris, born and raised in Calgary, began his musical career with the Calgary Boys’ Choir at age 6, sparking his love for both music and travel. Chris joined the Calgary Round-Up Band at age 13 and has been involved with the Marching bands in Calgary for over 25 years as both a member and instructor. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Music from the University of Calgary, and has worked for Shaw Communications for over 17 years.

Chris’s primary instrument is the French horn/mellophone, but he also plays the piano, trumpet, and trombone.

Robin Fulbrook

Front Ensemble Coordinator

Robin Fulbrook is a specialist in pit percussion. She began her career at age thirteen in the Calgary Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and then moved on to Calgary's Allegiance Elite. Over the years she took private percussion lessons. From 1994-1996 she marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Santa Clara, California. Currently, she is "giving back" by teaching the front ensemble with the Calgary Stampede Showband. Robin has also taught the Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts, Central Memorial Rams and Allegiance Elite.

Robin excels at having her students get things done while still having fun. Her contributions to percussion in Calgary have helped to define what front ensemble percussion is all about.

Gareth Jones

Concert Band

Gareth Jones is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and is the director of the University’s Wind Ensemble as well as the Symphonic Band. He is also the Director of the Alberta Winds, Calgary’s professional wind ensemble in addition to being named the conductor of the 2014 National Youth Band of Canada. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007 and continues to play with the CPO whenever his conducting schedule allows. Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock, and Michael Jinbo. He has conducted ensembles from across Western Canada as well as Mexico and the United States.>/p>

Brennan Kennedy

Percussion Coordinator

Brennan developed a love for the marching arts when his middle school in Brandon MB started a drumline in 2006. Though he was only with them for one year he received the award for overall outstanding member. He then moved to Red Deer in 2007, where he joined the Red Deer Royals drumline until the end of the 2009 season. From 2010-2012, he was a member of the Calgary Stampede Showband drumline, after which he left to pursue an education in audio engineering.

Brennan taught private drum set and drumline lessons from 2009-2012. In 2010 he joined the Red Deer Royals as a drumline instructor until 2014 where he became the drumline coordinator for 2015 and his final season with Royals in 2016. In August 2014 Brennan was honored to join the Calgary Stampede Showband as a drumline tech. In the fall of 2015 he was asked to be the percussion coordinator and head drumline instructor for this group, where he is proud to be today.

Josh Malate

Visual Coordinator

Josh performed with Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts, Allegiance Elite Drum Corps, Stampede Showband and Blue Devils Drum Corps.

As an instructor, Josh led the Marching Ghosts as Program Coordinator for 7 years. In 2015, Josh was the founding director of Rhapsody Winter Corps, a 20-member WGI Winds ensemble with a Southern California WGI Regional victory in 2016. Josh is also Founder of Fresh Angles and holds executive positions within various innovation-driven companies including CFO of Athennian. Josh is a board member of the Highbanks Society, Enviros Wilderness School Association and the Aspire Legal Access Initiative.

Josh holds an MBA in Finance and a BSc. Civil Engineering.

Steve McNeilly

Woodwind Coordinator/Small Ensembles

An alumnus the Calgary Round-Up Band, the Calgary Stetson Show Band, the Central Memorial Golden Rams Marching Band, the Calgary Stampede Showband, and A Band of Outriders, Steve McNeilly has had the pleasure of coordinating the woodwind section of the Calgary Stampede Showband since 2012.

Steve also holds the position of Co-Band Director with the Calgary Round-Up Band, where he enjoys instilling a love for music and marching band in today’s youth, as well as developing the next generation of instructional staff to continue the growth of the activity in Calgary.

Michelle Norman

Colour Guard Coordinator

Michelle began spinning in September of 2001 with the Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts where she was a member until graduating high school and moving on to become a member of the Stampede Colour Guard until she aged out for her third, and final time, in July 2009. Michelle was an active member in Escalade Winterguard for the past 10 years. She started teaching with the Calgary Stetson Show Band from 2009-2012 and again in the 2015-2016 season as Colour Guard Coordinator. During this time, she also instructed with Dynamic Winterguard from 2014-2018, and has been working with The Calgary Stampede Showband from the 2010-2014 seasons and again from 2016-Present. Michelle has also been an active member on the board of directors with Spiritus Marching Arts association and Outside of teaching and performing Michelle works as an Insurance Claims Representative.

Devin Fraser

Woodwind Instructor

Devin started his career in Music as a member of the Calgary Round-Up Band in 2009 and continued through 2010. Devin joined the Calgary Stetsons Showband for the 2011. In 2012 Devin Joined the Calgary Stampede Showband and continued his membership until 2016 when he aged out of the ensemble.

Devin Started his teaching career with the Calgary Round Up Band in 2015 and continues to teach with this energetic group of performers. Devin Joined the staff of the Calgary Stampede Showband in 2019 where he continues to teach music excellence and inspires youth to be there best on a day in day out basis.

Outside of the music world Devin works as an Insurance Claims Representative.

Andrew Morrow

Woodwind Instructor

Musician Andrew Morrow has been a versatile member of Calgary’s music scene for nearly a decade, contributing his talents as a clarinetist and sought after teacher and clinician. He holds degrees from the University of Lethbridge (BMus) and University of Calgary (MMus).

Morrow can be seen and heard all over southern Alberta, from appearing on the stage of the Jack Singer Concert Hall with world renowned musicians to squeezing in last minute rehearsal in an alley before jumping on stage at the Ship and Anchor. Now in his fourth year with the Showband, he is very excited to be able to inspire a new generation of young musicians.

August Murphy

Woodwind Instructor

An alumna of the marching bands, August is proud to teach on the Woodwind team of the Calgary Stampede Showband. She holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. Outside of her work with the band, August is a music teacher, and an active band clinician and performer. She has performed with the Calgary Civic Symphony, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and in concert with Il Divo. August's goal for all of her students is for them to develop a love of music and a sense of self efficacy.

Jeremy Legault

Brass Instructor/Concert Band

Jeremy Legault is an active Calgary performer, educator, clinician and adjudicator. He is a graduate of the Marching bands in Calgary, and is very grateful to be a member of the Brass Staff and Concert Band team with the Calgary Stampede Showband. Mr. Legault is the Director of Bands at St. Mary’s High School, directs the “Silver Jazz Band” with the Westwinds Music Society and performs with the Alberta Winds and Calgary Civic Symphony. Jeremy’s hope for his students is to develop a sense of belonging within a community of musicians through the development of musical excellence.

Allie Patch

Brass and Visual Instructor/Small Ensembles

Allie’s band experience began in 2008 when she marched with the Calgary Round-Up Band as a trumpet player for three years. She marched one season with the Calgary Stetson Show Band and joined the Stampede Showband from 2012-2016. A history and passion for dance motivated Allie to become involved in the colour guard community, spinning two seasons with Dynamic Winterguard in 2016-2017.

Allie has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Speech-Language Sciences at the University of Calgary and is currently completing her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education.

Yuheng Fei

Front Ensemble Instructor

Music has been a significant part of Yuheng’s life since the age of 7, where he first started to learn the piano. Yuheng was a member of the Marching bands in Calgary for 5 years throughout his time in the Calgary Round-Up, Stetson, and Stampede Showband. Starting off as a flute player and then drum major, he finally decided that the front ensemble was the section for him. Having spent time away from the marching band scene to pursue his degree in engineering, he has returned to once again be a part of the organization as an instructor.

Rory Siddall

Front Ensemble Instructor

Rory has been involved in the marching arts since joining his first performing group, Euphoria Winter Drumline in 2000. He was also been a member of The Calgary Round-Up Band in 2001 & 2002, Allegiance Elite Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003-2006, The Calgary Stampede Showband in 2007, The Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 & 2009 where he went on to win the Drum Corps International Open Class world championships.

Rory is one of the Showband’s Front Ensemble Instructors, and is the primary audio tech. Rory currently works for the Calgary Stampede Foundation on the Youth Achievement Team.

Mark Spate

Percussion Instructor

Mark has been a member of the Showband percussion staff since 2014. He started performing with the Calgary Round-Up Band in 2006 and continued in the activity with the Stetson and Showband drumlines until 2012. Mark then performed with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble based out of Denver, Colorado in 2013 and 2015 as part of the Winter Guard International circuit.

Mark is excited to continue working with the Showband drumline to help them grow throughout the season.

Fabian Yansen

Percussion Instructor

Fabian was a performing member of marching ensembles in Calgary for 4 years, playing the Snare Drum in the Stetson Show Band and Vertigo indoor percussion and then the Bass drum in the Stampede Showband for 3 years. In 2015 he began teaching at Stetsons as a Drumline Instructor and then also at the Stampede Showband in 2017. Outside of band he works for Novitex/Exela technologies as a mail service attendant in the downtown area.

Anne Copeland

Visual Instructor

Anne’s marching band experience started in 2009 with the Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts. After two years in the Marching Ghosts, Anne became a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. Anne began teaching visual and brass with the Marching Ghosts in 2014. In 2015, Anne was the Assistant Director of Rhapsody Winter Corps, which successfully won the 2016 Southern California WGI Regional.

Outside of the marching arts, Anne has completed extensive training in classical ballet and danced in a number of dance companies within Calgary. Anne received a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a Minor in Dance from the University of Calgary and is currently attending Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College to receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic.

Heidi Haubrich

Visual Instructor

Heidi’s involvement with the Marching bands in Calgary began back in 2005 with The Calgary Round-Up Band. From there she was a member of the Calgary Stetson Show Band and the Calgary Stampede Showband, aging out in 2013. Heidi began her teaching as a Visual Tech with Stetsons in 2013 and became Visual Coordinator in 2016.

Outside of band, Heidi completed her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources from Mount Royal University and now works as Manager, Human Resources Systems & Programs.

Sarah Kraemer

Visual Instructor

Sarah has been involved in the marching arts since 2004. She marched various open and world class Drum Corps’ from 2004 - 2014, aging out with the Bluecoats in 2014. Sarah has been a Visual Tech for the Calgary Stetson Show Band since 2017 and she has been on the Calgary Stampede Showband visual team since 2019.

Outside of band, Sarah has completed her Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Hotel and Food Administration and works as a Sales Coordinator for a broadline food service provider.

Courtney Cooper

Colour Guard Instructor

Courtney developed a passion for performing at a young age. In 2007 she joined the Calgary Round-Up Band, then the Calgary Stetson Show Band, and was a member of the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009 until aging-out in 2014. Courtney remained active in the world of Colour Guard, performing for one season with Escalade Winterguard, and beginning to teach in 2014 with Dynamic Winterguard. Courtney joined the Colour Guard team at Stampede in 2015.

Courtney received her B.B.A in Marketing and General Management, with a minor in International Business from Mount Royal University, and is currently a Community Engagement Coordinator in the health care sector. When she is not working or at rehearsal you can find her traveling, attending a spin class, or hanging out with friends and family.

Elena Samoilova

Leadership Coach

Elena began her marching band career by accident and out of openness in 2004, joining the Calgary Round-Up Band. Having fallen in love with the marching band world, she stayed for eight more years, spending the last five in Stampede. Elena developed a passion for providing support to developing leaders through being on the leadership team for multiple years, as head Drum Major in Stampede for two of them. She aged out of Stampede as a World Champion in 2012 and since then has been involved with helping Drum Majors and leadership types of different bands. Outside of school and marching band, Elena does a lot of salsa dancing and has her BComm in HR and a BA in Communication Studies.