Let’s Meet The Fellas

mike schell - trumpet

MIKE SCHELL

Mike Schell – Trumpet & Flugelhorn / Music Director Clinician & Adjudicator

Mike has been touring and Performing for the past ten years as founder of the Uptown Hornz , Mike has performed with many great musicians from James Burton Elvis’s lead Guitar player to Geoff Watson of the James Brown Horn Section . As well as a professional Trumpet Player Mike is versed in musical conducting and is one of his favorite past times. Currently the Uptown Hornz are in such demand with many different professional touring shows Mike’s passion is shown at each performance.

DEAN BATES

Sax & Flute

Dean started playing clarinet at age 10 and joined the award winning North Vancouver Youth Band under the direction of Arthur Smith. He started playing pop, rock and jazz in small groups at age 16 in and around North Vancouver. After graduating from high school, he studied music at Capilano College and played saxophones, flute, and clarinet in a jazz quartet with notable Vancouver musicians, drummer -John Nolan, bassist – ReneWorst and guitarist -Michael Guild before joining Kansas City’s Pepper Neely Trio for a year. Dean then went to UBC to complete his degree in education, but found time to join John Nolan for the Jazz at the Planetarium series for CBC alongside bassist Torben Oxbol and Downchild Blues Band pianist, Gerry Palkin . Upon completing his degree, he joined the various pop/rock groups in the Vancouver area including The Visitors, the Bob Bradley group and TKO playing for audiences from Oregon to Nova Scotia. In his early thirties, he took a job as an educator in Penticton, BC, focused on raising his family of three and earning his Masters degree in Education. He retired from education in 2012 and has been fortunate enough to join the Uptown Hornz. He plays saxes, flute and arranges for the group.

Dean Bates - saxes & flute
Chris Manuel - T-Bone

CHRIS MANUEL

Trombone, Electric Wind Instrument

Born and raised in Penticton, British Columbia, Chris has had the benefit of top notch education, and experience in his travels. Along with seven years in the Canadian Forces Reserves as a musician, clinician and adjudicator, Chris has spent time training in Japan, and touring Europe. A master of many styles, including Rock, Jazz, Symphonic, and Experimental Music, Chris takes the trombone to the limits, and also has the ability to add to any section with his Electric Wind Instrument. (EWI)

GORDIE FRIE

Bari & Tenor Sax

Gordie Frie, all saxophones, is an award winning music teacher and performer. He has a master’s degree in music from Washington State University. He is also a member of the Uptown Hornz, which is fast becoming the number one pick up horn section in B.C.

Gordie Frie - Tenor & Bari Saxes