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RJ Skyers

RJ Skyers

Director

Jared Dolan

Jared Dolan

Brass Instruction

 

Jared's Bio

Hailing from Portland Oregon, Jared Dolan has been involved in music for most of his life. At the age of 10, he began his studies on the trumpet in his elementary school’s beginner band program. After moving countries and joining many other bands, Jared is now pursuing a Bachelor in musical performance and education. He began his marching band career in the Calgary Round-Up Band, where he spent three years learning his love for the sport. He then went on to complete another three years at the Stetson Show Band where the band earned “best senior band” and “best overall band” in the Calgary Stampede Parade two years in a row.
He now is performing with the Calgary Stampede Show Band and has his sights on the Drum Corps down in the States. As well he is beginning his career at Impact and hopes to pass on the knowledge he has acquired from his teachers Jay Michalak, Dylan Martin, and many other amazing musicians. His life in the bands has taken him to competitions in WAMSB (World Association of Marching Show Bands) and two times to MACBDA (Mid-American Competing Band Directors Association), all over the Northern United States, Disney land, and across Canada to the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax Nova Scotia.
When Jared isn’t marching he enjoys playing in jazz and concert bands, skiing down the Rockies and traveling back to the US to see his dog and family.

Josie Kilar

Josie Kilar

Colourguard Caption Head

 

Josie's Bio

At the age of 6 Josie started taking dance classes with Kasey’s Dance Studio. She began her color guard journey with the Edmonton Sabers at ten years old. After aging out, Josie joined the Edmonton Crusader Marching Band and continued with them until they unfortunately folded in 2007.While marching with the Crusaders; she received the “Most Improved Color guard” award and the “Esprit De Corps” award. In 2008, Josie began teaching color guard with the Edmonton Sabers for the winter and summer programs. She taught with The Edmonton Ambassadors for their 2012/2013 youth winter guard season. In her fifth and final year, the Sabers finished their winter guard season with first place in all competitions in the Regional A Class.

Josie still loves to perform, and continues to do so with “Vintage” during the winter guard season and the occasional summer performance. She continues to teach the youth winter guard program for the Edmonton Ambassadors; As well as learn from their fantastic teaching staff and mentors. (Kim, Cheryl, Jenna and Jen). Thanks to the continuous support of the Ambassadors, she has been fortunate enough to attend “Spin Fest” in Houston, TX (2012) WGI Judges Training in Calgary, AB (2013), and a System Blue Colorguard Training Camp hosted by the Blue Devils. (2015)

In 2014 Josie had the opportunity to join IMPACT to further pursue her teaching career. She continues to share her knowledge, talents, and passion to an activity that has given so much to her. Josie absolutely loves working with the IMPACT team and can’t wait for the upcoming season!

 

Doug Berner

Doug Berner

Brass consultant

 

Doug's Bio

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Doug has been an active part of the musical community since his mid-teens. He began studying trumpet at age 12 with his father. This lasted for four days, after which he began studies with Bill Dimmer (assistant principal trumpet, ESO), a relationship that has lasted from then to the present day. He studied trumpet and jazz performance at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and Moorehead State University in Kentucky. Doug has been privileged to perform with many great musicians, including Peabo Bryson, Aaron Nevile, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has traveled widely working as a Bandmaster for Princess Cruises and as Musical Director aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Currently Doug resides in Edmonton, Alberta with his daughters and can be found performing and teaching throughout Alberta.