About Impact Arts

Impact Performing Arts is a youth-focused non-profit charitable organization dedicated to enriching our community through the development of youth musical talent.

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Impact Performing Arts participants compete throughout Alberta in major performance events.

Canada Country Music Awards

Edmonton Eskimo Football Games

University of Alberta athletic events

Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree

Meet the Staff

RJ Skyers, Director

RJ Skyers

Director

As a child RJ grow up in a musical household. His mother played the organ and his father played the trumpet. Naturally, when RJ was introduced to drum corps he gravitated to the activity. His performing arts experience began in 1987 when he joined a feeder drum corps to the DCI finalists – Dutch Boy, from Ontario. During his tenure with the corps’ he played mellophone, baritone, and euphonium.

After the 1992 season, RJ decided to pursue other interests, however, the passion for the performing arts never faded away. In 2003, RJ joined the 5 time DCA World Champions Empire Statesmen from Rochester New York. While performing with “Statesmen”, he performed one season with the colourguard and the remainder of his tenure as a part of the brass ensemble. There he played soprano and baritone. 2010 would be his last season performing with the “Statesmen before relocating to Edmonton where he joined Impact Performing Arts as a volunteer before being appointed by the Board of Directors, as Director of Impact Performing Arts Association.

Mike Levia

Percussion Instructor

Mike Levia has been involved in the world of marching percussion for 7 years, performing with the Red Deer Royals (2012-2014) and the Calgary Stampede Showband (2015-2018). During his time with these groups, Michael has performed and competed in many different countries as a marching percussionist. Italy, Germany, Netherlands, United States, and Canada.

Mike has played on stage with Alessia Cara for the Juno Awards in 2016 and was also in the 2018 Grandstand Show as a flying drummer. Over the years, Mike has had the privilege of studying under Zach Schlicher, James Sparling, and Colin Mcnutt. Mike prides himself on his approach in effecting positive change in communities through musical excellence.

Marlouie Saique

Ensemble Director

Marlouie’s passion for music began while playing trumpet with the Strutters Drum & Bugle Corps. He continued on with his musical development by performing with various drum corps such as Blue Saints and Oregon Crusaders and Impact. In addition, he performed with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, the University of Alberta Concert Band, and Mill Creek Colliery Band.

Marlouie’s instructional experience began when he joined the Edmonton Saber Marching Band and taught music theory/ear training and brass playing. He then went on to teach the Cadet organization in Vernon, BC.

Marlouie has also studied with, and takes lessons from, William Dimmer (former 2nd Trumpet Chair, ESO), Robin Doyon (current 1st Trumpet Chair, ESO), Dr. Josh Davies (trumpet professor, University of Lethbridge), Gareth Jones (Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary), Wayne Bergeron (Los Angeles Recording Artist).

Bredan Germain

Brass / Visual Technician

Braden Germain has been studying music all his life originally starting on piano and later moving to brass. He’s been a part of the marching arts for over 6 years performing with groups including Impact, the Saskatoon Lions Marching Band, and the Madison Scouts.

He’s been fortunate enough to study under extraordinary musicians and teachers such as Sean Phelan, Scott Carr, and Mark Trulson. His teaching experience started as section leader at Impact for 3 years before joining the instructional staff. He also has some experience teaching a high school marching band. He hopes to instill skills that will benefit members in music and life, such as a positive attitude, attention to detail and a drive for excellence.

Board Member

01. Beverly Allard

President

Board Member

02. Mike Germain

Vice President

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03. Norm Sturges

Treasurer

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04. Celeste Nicholson

Secretary

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05. Pauline Huber

Director

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06. Carolyn Lajeunesse

Director

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