Bernie

Band Director
Bernard (Bernie) Wexler, trumpeter, organizer, entrepreneur, event manager; b. Montreal Quebec. Bernie played trumpet for over a decade with popular Preville Big Band under the direction of Tommy Green in Montreal from 1990 to 2000. After moving to Toronto in 2001 Bernie developed his event management company WPI Events to become one of the most successful, popular event management companies in Canada. Bernie’s keen sense of management and years of experience has kept WPI at the top of the list when it comes to corporate events. Photo Streaming services and Pro DJ services have brought international recognition to WPI events. Bernie’s success in the field of management has allowed him to pursue and develop his passion – Metro Big Band. Call Bernie for all booking inquiries.

Rick

Band Vocalist, Emcee, Director of Promotion & Public Relations
Rick Levine has been performing in and around the Toronto area for well over a decade. Rick’s dedication to the arts, particularly in the fields of music and entertainment at literally thousands of events is a driving force behind the success of Metro Big Band. Rick's on stage presence, radiant smile, off the cuff humour and polished vocal stylings charm every performance, delighting audiences and maintaining the overall entertainment pace to an event. Rick's vibrant personality brings every single gig to life!

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Lisa

Lisa Levy, a classically trained vocalist, is originally from St. Louis. She's been singing in big bands and combos for twenty years. A self proclaimed "jazz snob", her repertoire includes hundreds of jazz standards, swing and pop songs. Lisa's passion is performing, so she's thrilled to be a part of the Metro Big Band. By day she is a freelance graphic designer. She even created this web site!

 

 

Trombones

 

Martin Hubel plays lead trombone. He was born in Toronto and has played trombone since 1969. Martin has been a member in a wide variety of groups including the Royal Regiment of Canada, the Swing Band of the Royals, the Mississauga Symphony, and the Metropolitan Silver Band.

In his day job, Martin runs a worldwide IT consultancy specializing in large database systems.

Denny Ringler hails from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He has been conducting for 35 years and playing trombone for 55 years.

Denny also enjoys movies, reading and spending time with his wife and family.

Laurie Landau is a retired physician who has been playing trombone for almost 50 years. She is currently also a member of the Thornhill Community Band and has played orchestral and chamber music as well as musical theatre in the past. She also records with a small group in her home.

 

Chris Murdoch, bass trombone, attended Humber College and Mohawk College, both for music. He also toured with the Glen Miller Orchestra in the mid eighties.

Rhythm

 

Kenny Simon, guitar - studied Privately with Tony Braden (guitar), Patricia Stewart (Piano) and at Humber College. He is influenced by Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Mason Williams, Paul McCartney, and James Jamenson, leader of the Kenny Simon Hourglass Band.

Kenny also enjoys working out, skiing, movies, theatre, boating & fishing, song writing and composing.

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Lorne Tepperman started studying classical piano at the age of 5 and spent much of the next 20 years studying music and playing jazz and dance music with bands around Toronto. However, a career in university teaching (as a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto) took him away from music altogether. Now back to piano playing after more than a thirty-year absence, Tepperman is once again playing jazz and dance music with bands around Toronto, and loving it.

Saxophones

 
 

Steve Weingberg attended Jackson Secondary School from 1975 - 1978. At the University of Waterloo, from 1979 - 1984 he played in the Concert Band. From 1990 to the present he has played in the North York Concert Band.

Steve's outdoor pursuits include camping, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and cycling. He is also a competetive runner (4 marathons) and triathlete. He enjoys traveling, listening to music and eating!