Events Summary 2019-2020

Mon., October 7, 2019 Visiting Artist: Chad Wackerman (drums)
Sat., November 16, 2019 Visiting Artist: Tom Luer (saxophone)
Mon., March 9, 2020 Visiting Artist: Heather Bambrick (voice)
Sat., March 21, 2020 Visiting Artist: Peter Hum (piano)
Mon., March 30, 2020 Visiting Artist: Gilad Hekselman (guitar)
  StFX Vocal Jazz Festival

Visiting Artist Series 2019-2020

Unless otherwise specified:

  • Concerts begin at 8pm and take place in Schwartz Auditorium (SCHW 110) on the StFX campus.
  • Tickets are $10 each, free for StFX students and the non-salaried.

For information, including group rates for high-school students, please contact the Music Department Office at 902-867-2106 or

Monday, October 7, 2019     Visiting artist: Chad Wackerman

The StFX Music Department is proud to present phenomenally-skilled jazz and rock drummer Chad Wackerman in concert.

Chad’s professional career began in 1978 with the Bill Watrous Band, followed by a seven-year association with Frank Zappa, with whom he toured the USA, Canada and Europe and recorded 26 albums. He also recorded six albums and toured with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, and toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Steve Vai, Men at Work, Andy Summers, Dweezil Zappa, James Taylor, Joe Sample and John Patitucci, just to name a few!

As a band leader and composer, Chad has five critically acclaimed CDs, including Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations released in 2012, and a DVD with his trio, tilted Hits Live. Described as having ‘a beautiful ear for harmonies and melodies that let your inner musician soar’, Chad’s drumming combines the power and conviction of rock with the sensitivity and finesse of jazz. His playing is remarkably free of predictable patterns and licks, and instead relies on invention and interplay with the musicians around him.

Mark your calendar for what is sure to be a sold out event.

Location: Schwartz Auditorium

Tickets are $20 each; free for StFX students (with ID) and the non-salaried.

High school music directors, please contact the Music Department Office at 902-867-2106 or


Sat., November 16, 2019     Visiting artist: Tom Luer

StFX Music presents Tom Luer in concert with StFX Music faculty.

Tom Luer is a highly sought-after saxophonist based out of Los Angeles, California. As a freelance musician, Tom has toured with such artists as Engelbert Humperdinck, Queen Latifah, Poncho Sanchez, and the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.

His recent recording activities include two records with John Beasley’s MONKestra, one with Lee Ritenour, Dave Slonaker’s Grammy-nominated Intrada, and Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling's The Brill Building Project.

Performances for television include Sports Illustrated’s 50 Years of Beautiful on NBC, Fox’s X-Factor, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the American Music Awards.

In 2011, Tom released his first album Project Popular which received critical acclaim.

He is a member of the faculty of California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.

Tom Luer with StFX Music Faculty                                                                                                                                                                         November 16, 8pm, Schwartz Auditorium

Tickets for this event are FREE of charge.

Monday, March 9, 2020     Visiting artist: Heather Bambrick

The StFX Music Department is proud to present vocalist, Heather Bambrick, in concert.

Heather Bambrick has been described in the music press as "one of the finest jazz singers in the country".

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, she moved to Toronto in 1993, and has stayed busy ever since.  

Her recordings - both on her own and with others - have earned several JUNO nominations and East Coast Music Association Awards.  She was named Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the 2004 Canadian National Jazz Awards. Her latest album ‘Fine State’ was released in June 2019.

Besides her singing career, she is also well-known as a radio broadcaster (JAZZ.FM91, Toronto), a voice actor for television (Get Ed, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and more) and has voiced characters for several television series.  She is also a founder of JAZZCAST, a Toronto-based internet radio station.

Her shows have been described as “Ella Fitzgerald meets Carol Burnett at a Newfoundland kitchen party".

Ticket information to come. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020     Visiting artist: Peter Hum

StFX Music presents Peter Hum in concert with StFX Music faculty.


Monday, March 30, 2020     Visiting artist: Gilad Hekselman

The StFX Music Department is proud to present Gilad Hekselman in concert.



March --, 2020     StFX Vocal Jazz Festival

Location: Schwartz Auditorium
Time: 8pm
Admission: $15 regular, $10 Senior, $5 students