Al's long involvement with the music business in Western
Canada began in Regina where he played with the Regina
Symphony. He was assistant Conductor with the Regina
City Police Boy's Band and the Regina Wind Ensemble, and
Bandmaster of HMCS Queen Cadet Band.
Al has been a fixture of Calgary's musical scene since
opening a branch of Arcade Music here in 1966. In the
70's A1 was Music Director for the CBC television show "
On Stage " and he toured Japan with the Frank Mills
Orchestra. He performed with the 1988 Olympic Orchestra
under Tommy Banks and toured Hungary, Germany, and
Switzerland with the " New Orleans Connection "
Dixieland Band. He has also performed in many orchestras
backing such touring celebrities as Manhattan Transfer,
Dizzie Gillespie, Pattie Page, Red Skelton, Paul Anka
and Cleo Laine.
He remains active as a performer, clinician and
adjudicator. Al is the Music Director for the Calgary
Stampede Youth Talent Show, and has been since it began