Buddy Aquilina Group
Buddy Aquilina-Clarinet, Rob Sommerville-Trumpet, Bruce Tournay-Piano, Clark Johnston- Bass, Mark Timmermans-Drums
Buddy Aquilina's (Clarinet) musical career spans four decades as a performer, composer, arranger and educator. In New York at age 14 and through his formative years based in the Boston area and educated at Berklee, Buddy worked and played throughout the NorthEastern U.S., later settling in Southern Ontario where he now resides. His abilities as an arranger/composer have brought him requests to write for such notables as Lionel Hampton and Stan Getz and his arrangements have been featured on TV and film. He has also performed as a guest artist with Jimmy and Marian MePartland and Dizzie Gillespie among others, and he continues to teach woodwinds, music theory and arranging. As a performer and bandleader, Buddy has led groups varrying from 2 to 22 pieces, performing in concert hall, on radio shows, TV, and major nightclubs in the U.S. and Canada. This is his most recent combo.
Clark Johnston (Bass) has been playing Bass since 1984. He studied Jazz at McGill University in Montreal from 1990 to 1994 and since then has studied with the legendary teachers Jim Blackly and Charlie Banacos. Clark moved to Toronto in 1994 where he found himself working with some of the best musicians around; Mike Murley, Reg Schwager and Lorne Lofsky are just to name a few. While currently residing in Hamilton, ON he is working with Mike Malone, Chris Gale, Laila Biali as well as many other great musicians. Clark's commitment to obtaining a Big Fat Tone and a Solid Groove really comes through in his playing. He helps to lay down a good foundation for the Buddy Aquilina Quintet.
Rob Somerville (Trombone) is a graduate of Mohawk College and has been performing for over 25 years. During the years Rob has played in pit orchestras for such shows as The Producers, Chicago and Aladdin. He has also back many major artists such as Paul Anka, Temptations, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Matt Dusk. Rob's support of jazz artists is also a formidable list, playing with such notables as Peter Appleyard, Pat LaBarbara, Kenny Wheeler to name a few. Currently, Rob's a member of the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra and the John McLeod Big Band. Rob has also taught at Mohawk College, including some ensembles. He continues to keep a roster of private students. Rob's abilities and experience make him an intricate part of the Buddy Aquilina Quintet.
Mark Timmermans (Drums) is a Hamilton resident who has been freelancing for many years. Mark has performed with such artists as Mike Milligan, Kevin Tucotte, Quisin Nachoff, Michael Bates, Mario Potestio and others. Mark is currently a part of the Michael Bates Quartet Outside Sources and The Buddy Aquilina Quintet.
Bruce Tournay (Piano) has been active since the mid-1980's as a songwriter, vocal and keyboard performer and arranger. His eclectic influences include jazz (he is an accomplished jazz pianist), rock, pop, country, choral and classical styles. He holds an Honours B.A. degree in Music from McMaster University and an Applied Music diploma (piano specialty) from Mohawk College. Special recognition includes McMaster Humanities Medal for Special Achievement (awarded for promotion of original Canadian art in the Hamilton area) and a Spectator Scholarship (from a gold medal performance at the Calgary Jazz Festival). Currently Bruce performs his original music, both solo and with bands and other ensembles, in southern Ontario, is a studio session singer and keyboard player in the Hamilton area.