Janelle Bird, Diploma of Music
At a young age Janelle showed great interest in music. She began piano lessons at the age of eight followed by flute and vocal lessons in the preceding years. Janelle participated in school musicals and concert bands, music festivals and talent shows throughout her school years. At the age of fourteen she became the organist for two churches and often performed for funerals and weddings within the community. Janelle’s involvement in various musical activities led to being the recipient of a special music award and scholarship fund to further her musical studies.
In 1984, Janelle began studies at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario in the Applied Music Program. During the three years of study, her courses focused on building quality teaching and performance skills. Her main instruments were flute and organ. Janelle also enjoyed singing in the Mohawk College Choir and Jazz Choir.
Upon graduation, Janelle began her teaching career and has been happily teaching children and adults for thirty years..
Janelle was an educational consultant who produced the software Piano for Kids in 2001.
As of 2006, Janelle started instruction for bagpipes and started with the Dofasco Pipeband and most recently has joined the Hamilton Police Pipeband. In the summer, Janelle is quite busy with solo and band competitions in which placements are achieved in both categories. During the competition season of 2014 the Pipeband achieved Champion Supreme, North American Champions, and Ontario Champions.
Andrew Bird, Diploma of Music
Andrew began studying acoustic guitar at the age of nine. During these early years, he competed regularly in the Kiwanis Music Festival. While in high school Andrew bought his first electric guitar. He became very active in the local music scene playing lead guitar in various rock bands. In his senior year, Andrew was the lead guitarist in the Toronto musical theatre production of Memos.
In 1984, Andrew was accepted to Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program where he majored as a classical guitarist. While attending Mohawk, Andrew studied many other styles of music such as flamenco, country, and blues before graduating. In the mid-1990’s, Andrew started playing the mandolin and mandola.
In 2004, Andrew was approached by a Toronto software company to help develop an educational program on how to play the guitar. This program, called Deluxe Easy Guitar, is for beginner to intermediate guitarists and covers various musical styles. It sold over 20,000 copies throughout stores like Future Shop.
Along with teaching guitar consistently in Burlington for the past thirty years, Andrew has also entertained at weddings, corporate functions, fundraisers, pubs and local venues like Hamilton Place and Williams Coffee Pub in Burlington.
Andrew helped establish and is part of the local Celtic band, The Colonial Boys where he plays lead guitar, mandolin and has just lately added the banjo. The band plays local venues and plan to be in the studio shortly recording their first CD.
Together over the years, Andrew and Janelle have entertained at various venues with their flute and guitar ensemble.