The 47th TAC Summer School will be held from

 July 28 - August 4, 2019 at

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Join us in Calgary and enjoy dancing to the fabulous music of Reel of Seven!
Music Director and pianist - Andy Imbrie    
Fiddles - Deby Benton Grosjean, Janet Kurnick, Patty Van Winkle, Susan Worland  
Fiddle & Cello - Carolyn McCaskey    Recorder - Sherryl Fawx     Percussion - Gary Campus
 
 

Musicians - Summer School 2019

Reel of Seven

 

 

 

We are a group of friends who love to play music for Scottish Country Dancing (and Ceilidh dancing as well!)  We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but have also travelled extensively.  We hope you enjoy our signature blend of high energy contemporary and traditional music as much as we enjoy playing it!

 

Learn more about the members of the band:

Andy Imbrie - Music Director and pianist

 

Andy has had the good fortune to accompany some of today’s leading Celtic fiddle talent, including Judi Nicolson, Deby Benton Grosjean, Elizabeth Dequine, Calum MacKinnon, Ryan McKasson, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Risk, and David Knight.  He leads the Reel of Seven Scottish dance band, which has released their fourth CD “The Magic of Summer School”, a compilation of dances recorded during their fabulous week at the New Zealand Summer School, which along with their CDs “Dance for Joy” (2009), “Dance for Joy Encore!” (2012), and “Gotta Dance!” (2015) was released to wide acclaim (www.reelofseven.com).  Reel of Seven are excited to be playing for TAC Summer School 2019 in Calgary!

Andy began studying classical piano as a child, and started playing for dances with the encouragement of Kim McGarrity and Barbara McOwen.  He plays regularly for Scottish and contra dances throughout the US and Canada, and has been on music staff for several tours, including three to New Zealand and one to Scotland, Orkney, and to the Shetland Islands.  He has also been on staff at TAC Summer School and Pinewoods and was honored to have been invited to teach piano accompaniment at the Boston Harbor Fiddle School and the Valley of the Moon Scottish fiddling school for several years.

Andy is married to Sherryl Fawx (also a dancer and musician); they live in Santa Clara, California. He works as an aerospace engineer specializing in simulation, guidance, and control design of flight vehicles.

Deby Benton Grosjean  

Fiddle

Deby is a resplendent fiddler, successfully melding the virtuosity of her formal classical training in technique with the spontaneity of Scottish folk. She is a multifaceted musician expanding dimensions as a performer to workshop clinician, orchestrator and producer. She performs and teaches workshops for many dance retreats including Canada (now fourth time at TAC), New Zealand (Summer School 2016), and years throughout the USA (Pinewoods, Asilomar, Fort Worden, Midwest Weekend, Twin Cities, Portland, Austin, etc.). As a soloist for Scottish country dance, Deby has teamed with many pianists, some include Lisa Scott, David Wiesler, Muriel Johnstone, Liz Donaldson, Paul Machlis and notably Andy Imbrie. She records and performs with Andy’s dance band, “Reel of Seven”. A teacher of distinction, Deby’s on faculty with Cabrillo College Youth Music Program, Community Music School and at several music camps including Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish Fiddling School and Sierra Fiddle Camp for over 20 years.

A talented and independent artist, Deby has appeared on over forty recordings. Among Deby’s film score credits include Ken Burns’ Not for Ourselves Alone. She’s published in MelBay’s Fiddle Anthology 2000 and her own publications Fun Celtic Music Series. She’s opened for Scotland’s singer Jim Malcom, England’s Maddy Prior, Ireland’s author Frank McCourt. Since starting her formal classical training at age eight, Deby has received awards in national and regional fiddle championships, classical chamber ensembles, and received honors in college as a music major with emphasis on performance and orchestration.

Connection Magazine notes, “Her recordings will capture your heart and dance your feet.” http://cdbaby.com/cd/debybentongrosjean

Janet Kurnick 

Fiddle

 

Janet began learning to play the violin with her brother's help when she was 10. She studied first classical as a child, and while in college studied fiddle with the late Tiny Moore, a well-known Western Swing fiddler. While in college at UC Davis, she also began playing Celtic music with various other students from the US, Australia, and England. Her love for Celtic music brought her to Scottish Country Dancing, first as a dancer, and later as a musician. She is the SCD musical mainstay in Sacramento, as well as Membership and Insurance Chairman for the Sacramento branch of RSCDS, and Musician Liaison for the Asilomar weekend. She has played for Scottish Country dancing in both the Bay Area and Sacramento since the mid 1980s. She is a member of Fiddlesticks & Ivory, Reel of Seven, and Thistle Glen. Janet spends the remainder of her spare time harping, gardening, and playing with her West Highland White Terriers and her Chihuahua. Janet is a Database Administrator for the Department of Real Estate.

Patty Van Winkle

Fiddle

 

 

Patty started playing the violin in the Berkeley, CA Public Schools in the 1960s. She trained as a classical violinist, and received a Bachelor of Music in Performance at San Francisco State University.  She played in the Oakland Symphony from 1970 to 1975 and was a founding member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in 1975, where she played for 43 seasons before retiring from the orchestra pit in 2017.

Hearing Scottish fiddlers at the Highland Games was her inspiration for learning this style of music. She played with Colin Gordon’s Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers for 15 years and started playing for RSCDS after being invited by David and Avril Quarrie to play for the Berkeley Class.  The more experienced class musicians at the time made sure that she learned how to properly play for Scottish Country Dance, and not sound too “classical.” Since then she has continued to learn and benefit from members of Thistle Glen and Reel of Seven with whom she has happily played for many years.  Patty is married to John Van Winkle, retired Principal Librarian of the San Francisco Symphony, and an avid photographer. They have two grown daughters.

Susan Worland

Fiddle

 

 

Susan Worland has an eclectic musical background.  Having started violin at age 9, she continued to play through high school and college, with a particular love for chamber music and early music.  She moved to the east coast post-college, where she discovered a love for traditional music of various kinds.  She toured for several seasons with the multi-ethnic Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble and the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston.  A chance encounter with Barbara McOwen on New Year's Eve, lo these many years ago, convinced Susan to become active in Boston's vibrant country dance scene, both as a musician and as a dancer.  Susan moved to the Bay Area in 1999, having married her bodhran-playing husband from Berkeley, Michael Bentley.  While not playing or listening to music, Susan loves to travel; she has been blessed with gigs that have taken her to Canada, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, Portugal, France, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, mainland China, and Taiwan! When she's home she loves to cook and to read long involved novels.

Sherryl Fawx

Recorder

 

 

 

Sherryl has been playing recorders for many years.  She started teaching recorder classes at the Experimental College at UC Davis when she couldn’t find anyone else to play music with.   Her first focus was on Renaissance and church music.  While in college, she saw an ad in the Davis newspaper for Scottish dance classes and was immediately hooked.  After dancing for a few years she attended a music workshop for Scottish dance and has been playing for dancing ever since.  In addition to Reel of Seven, she plays in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas with Thistle Glen and the Davis Lemmings.  In her other life she is a computer technician for the University of California at Santa Cruz.  She lives in Santa Clara with her husband Andy Imbrie and wishes there was more time for the garden.

Caroline McCaskey

Cello & Fiddle

A native daughter of the genre-bending West Coast music scene, Caroline McCaskey is equally at home in the traditional, improvisational, and classical music worlds. With each performance, Caroline draws from her degrees in music composition and performance, as well as from her long history performing with Alasdair Fraser and the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers (which she joined at age 12). A critically acclaimed saw virtuosa, at age 20 she was the youngest-ever winner of the International Musical Saw competition in 2007, and returned to the competition in 2018 to win a second time. After her debut as saw soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Caroline was proclaimed “a revelation” by the critic for the San Francisco Performing Arts Examiner. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas declared her the prima donna assoluta of the instrument - in writing, with a Sharpie, on her saw.

In high demand as a teacher of both traditional and classical music, Caroline McCaskey can be found teaching and performing on fiddle, cello and saw at camps throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Violin books 1-7, and maintains private studios in both the East Bay and Colorado. Now a curriculum author, Caroline published her well-regarded AltStrings Fiddle Method for Violin, Viola and Cello Books 1 and 2 in Spring 2018.

Gary Campus

Percussion

 

 

Gary has been playing and studying drums and percussion since the age of 8.  He spent most of the first 10 years playing in concert bands, marching bands, and playing jazz.   He has also enjoyed playing in theater productions.  Since moving to Northern California in 1976, Gary has played professionally in bands, playing many different styles, from rock to classical.

Teaching percussion at Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish fiddle camps introduced Gary to the world of Celtic music; he has played with many different groups and explored this exciting traditional style. This year will be Gary’s third time playing at the ball at the SF Branch’s Asilomar Weekend.  Gary can also be heard playing with regional bands, including harpist Christine Bonner, Latin jazz with Ivan Najera, and in a very popular rock and roll band called the Deadbeats.  Gary lives in Nevada City California, with his son Angelo, who is also plays many instruments and enjoys this wonderful Celtic music.