Executive Members & Guest Conductor


Guest Conductor for 2018-19- Ken MacKay

A native of Truro NS, Ken first started teaching in the Public School system in 1976 and has been active as an Educator, Clinician, Adjudicator and Soloist throughout his career. After attending Humber College in Toronto, Ken continued teaching at the Cobequid Educational Center in Truro. In 1980 his Jazz Band came first in the High School Jazz band Category at Musicfest Canada. From there Ken began teaching in the Elementary/Junior High schools, his real passion. Ken is Past-President and currently Vice President of the Atlantic Federation of Musicians and is on the board of NS Honour Jazz .Ken retired last year from Astral Drive Junior High where he was Director of Bands for over 20 years. He is currently a Band and Woodwinds Clinician/Mentor for the Dartmouth/Halifax All City Music Program.

Ken’s list of his professional credits is impressive. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,    Lionel Ritchie, Regis Philbin, Natalie Cole, jazz great Ernie Watts, Mary Wilson (The Supremes),Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, daughter of the blues Shirley King, blues guitarist Robben Ford, Rosemary Clooney and the Temptations are just a few of the artists Ken has shared the stage with. Locally he performs and has recorded with Scott n’ the Rocks, The Swell Guys, The Back Alley Big Band, Asia NuGruv, Terry Hatty and The Aviators. Ken’s ability to play a variety of musical styles has established him as one of the most exciting and sought after sax players in Eastern Canada.





Chair/ Personnel Coordiantor- Katelyn Gillis- katelyn@nsjwe.ca


Katelyn graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Music (2009) and from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Music Education (2011). While at Acadia Katelyn studied violin under the direction of Christopher Wilkinson and Christoph Booth and was one of the founders of the Horton High School String Ensemble. Recently accepted into the Halifax Regional School Board, Katelyn also teaches privately, is a member of the Sackville Community Band,  a conductor of the Sackville 9am Band, as well as has performed in a variety of orchestra’s, concert and jazz bands. In her spare time she enjoys the theatre, has worked on THE RENT PROJECT, and is cast to work with the Cole Harbour High School production of West Side Story in 2013. Katelyn currently teaches violin and orchestra with the Dartmouth All-City Music Centre and privately at Long and McQuade. Katelyn is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful group of teachers, students, and volunteers at  the NSJWE.



Librarian- Jennie McKibbon- jennie@nsjwe.ca

Jennie McKibbonJennie is a music educator from Coxheath, Nova Scotia. She currently teaches music and band with the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board at the middle school level. Jennie is a graduate of Acadia University (2008), where she studied Music Education and classical guitar (under the instruction of Eugene Cormier). She was a percussionist in the Acadia University Band. After completing her undergrad, Jennie attended Memorial University of Newfoundland to earn her Music Education Degree (2009). She recently completed a Diploma in Educational Technology at Cape Breton University (2016). Jennie plays cello in the Cape Breton Orchestra, and snare drum with Cape Breton Brass. She also teaches private music lessons. In her spare time, Jennie enjoys sports, concerts, and being outdoors. She is looking forward to working with both the executive and the young musicians in the NSJWE! 





Treasurer- Danielle Chute- Danielle@nsjwe.ca

Danielle Dove graduated from Acadia University with both a Bachelor’s of Music (2008) and a Bachelor’s of Education (2010). During her six years at Acadia Danielle studied classical saxophone with Dr. Stan Fisher. She has performed with numerous Acadia ensembles such as the AUWE Wind Ensemble, who attended the CBDNA conference in Pennsylvania in 2009, and the Acadia Saxophone Quartet and continues to perform regularly with such ensembles. Danielle is currently a substitute music teacher for the Halifax Regional School Board, a private instructor and co-director of the Sackville 9:00am Band as well as a performing member of the Sackville Community Band. Danielle also spends her time volunteering with various organizations such as the NSJWE.





 Band Manager-Lucille Humble- lucille@nsjwe.ca

Lucille was born in Calgary Alberta, where she attended the University of Calgary, receiving a Bachelor of Music with Distinction, majoring in school music in 1972.  After attending an additional year to receive teacher certification, she was hired by the Calgary School Board to develop the music program for John G. Diefenbaker high school, a brand new school at the time.  While in Calgary she was a percussionist for the Calgary Concert Band, the University Concert Band, tympanist for the Orchestra Society of Calgary and was a spare percussionist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.  She also worked with the drum corps for the Safety Round-Up Band and for the Calgary Stampede Band.

Since moving to Nova Scotia in 1986, Lucille has been teaching instrumental music for the Halifax Regional School Board until her retirement in 2011.  In 2002, she received her Masters of Education from the Mount St.Vincent University.  She was an active member of the NSMEA, on the executive of the NSBA for several years, and is currently the librarian for the NSYWE.  She continues to remain active by playing percussion for the Sackville Community Band, Chester Brass Band (spare), and Scotia Brass.  She also keeps busy by teaching privately, subbing at various schools, and conducting workshops and clinics.  In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her three children and four grandchildren with her husband.