Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye … The Bruce James Orchestra would like to acknowledge its friends and former members for sharing their time and talents with our ensemble.
Ken Moss: Trumpet
As a founding member of the Bruce James Orchestra, Ken played with the ensemble for nearly 20 years!
Semi-retired, Ken is kept busy with his own business, a heavy equipment paint and body shop but is now on the road to permanent retirement. In his spare time, Ken and his wife Noreen enjoy travelling, and are kept busy with 5 energetic grandchildren
Ken started playing trumpet at age 12 and has been playing ever since. As a child, Ken performed with the New Westminster District Bands, and the Burnaby Central High School band. After graduating and getting married, Ken and his wife Noreen, joined the Maple Ridge Community Band (MRCB) in which they both still play 40 years later. While playing in MRCB Ken met Bruce Flello, Tom Walker and Jim Thompson and was invited to join “Fat Jazz”, a local big band directed by Jim Thompson, in which he played in for many years. In 1999 when Bruce Flello decided to form his new Big Band – the Bruce James Orchestra – Ken was asked to play trumpet as a founding member with BJO.
Ken has also played the Last Post at the Maple Ridge Cenotaph for Remembrance Day for more 30 years. He also enjoys playing with local groups doing plays and musicals.
Michael Kim: Trumpet
Amanda Angus: Saxophone
Amanda plays saxophone and is a vocalist. She performs with both Bruce James Orchestra, Vancouver Travelling Band and TopLine Vocal Collective. Amanda is a busy wife and mother to a beautiful little girl and lives in the Tri-Cities. When she isn’t chasing around after her daughter, Amanda works in the automotive retail administration industry, and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and travelling.
Lyn Murray: Trombone
Lyn has been playing trombone for many years as a hobbyist musician with various groups and organizations all over the lower mainland. He is an avid lover of big band and jazz music, and is proud to have been one of the founding members of the Bruce James Orchestra. Mr. Murray was – pardon the pun – instrumental to the formation of the BJO. His dedication to the ensemble over the past 15 years is appreciated more than words can convey.
Darrell Swanson: Piano
Entrepreneur, Pianist, and Writer, Darrell is a man of many talents. Currently living in Maple Ridge, Darrell owns Swanson Agencies which represents and distributes throughout Canada the finest name brand products in the consumer electronics arena. Musically, Darrell is involved with many different pursuits, his two current harmonic preoccupations are his own vocal trio Toute Sweet, and a sophisticated piano-vocal duo with the lovely and talented Katherine Grefner. Red Velvet Music.
Kevin Shan: Tenor Sax
Kevin is a Vancouver based arranger, composer, and tenor saxophonist. Kevin’s interest in jazz led him to study at Capilano College’s Jazz Studies program where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance. Kevin studied tenor saxophone with Stan Karp and Mike Allen, piano with Ross Taggart, composition with Brad Turner, jazz theory and arranging with Mike Reveley and Rob McKenzie. Kevin has performed with various musical groups at numerous venues in the city. He has been seen performing with the James Productions Orchestra at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars in Stanley Park, Royal City Musical at the Massey Theatre, Capilano Jazz Band, Douglas College Jazz Band, and Fat Jazz. Kevin’s arrangements, compositions, and saxophone solos are featured on numerous recordings that include jazz, funk, hip-hop, pop, big band, and musical theatre. Besides being an active freelancer within the Vancouver music scene, he also taught for many years at Lynn Valley Music in North Vancouver where he shares his love and passion with others. He has recently graduated from the North Texas State with his Masters in Music Education degree. Kevin can still be seen (and heard!) with the Bruce James Orchestra as he often subs on one of our saxophone chairs.
Bill Ogden: Trumpet
When Bruce was planning on putting a Big Band together, Bill was the first person he talked to. Bill and Bruce played together in other bands including the Douglas College Night Band, and F.A.T Jazz. Bruce found that Bill’s phrasing and stylings were so similar to his own, that he would be able to put together a top notch band with such a fine musician in his lead trumpet chair. Bill played lead trumpet with the BJO since the band’s beginning in 1999 until he passed away in 2006.