MEET THE BAND
BEN DUNNILL is a 20 year old musician from White Rock BC. He performs a variety of jazz, rock, and other genres. Ben has been one of the resident piano players at Bin 101 in White Rock since 2014. Aside from piano, Ben also plays guitar, accordion and harmonica. Apart from playing covers professionally, Bens true passion is composing his own songs, inspired by the descriptive lyrics of Bob Dylan and Bernie Taupin, and the styles of Cole Porter, Billy Joel and David Bowie, Ben plans on re-inventing the old styles that he grew up with, and bring it to audiences in a contemporary way. He released his first ep, "Run" in January 2016. Since then, he has been perfecting his new batch of originals and will be starting recording his debut "studio album" in the new year. Ben has been a guest on Shaw's "Via Mia" and "generation why" and was named one of the "Top ten musicians to look out for" in 2016 by the Vancouver Press
Nathan Tapsas is an 24 year old guitarist from White Rock, BC. He performs a variety of different genres. He has plenty of experience having played at many weddings, Corporate events, Private parties and local festivals such as the Fusion festival.
Nathan grew up in Wollongong, Australia, playing and practicing the guitar since the age of 10. He has competed in and won a number of guitar competitions throughout the years. Nathan’s strength lies in his ability to perform a wide variety of different styles and genres and adapt his playing style fluidly.
Paul Fader is an 18 year old percussionist from White Rock, BC. In high school he played in classical, jazz, and ensemble bands. He was consistently accepted into the envision rep band, made up of the best band student in the Surrey School district. Upon graduation he had been in a variety of bands dedicated to playing smooth jazz, wicked rock, soulful blues, and tasty funk. Today, he is looking to take on new challenges as a player and redefine his connection to music
Colin Sankey is a prolific bassist, composer, arranger, and music instructor from Vancouver, B.C. In 2016, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at Vancouver Community College.
During his tenure at VCC, Colin earned several Jury Awards, the Fred Bass Scholarship, and the Shannon Vincent Memorial Scholarship. He played in the Classic Jazz Ensemble, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the New Westminster District Jazz Band.
As a bassist, he has backed some of the most prolific classical, jazz, and rock musicians in Vancouver, including three-time JUNO Nominee Francois Houle, Jason Nett, Steve Danielsen, John Korsrud, Bryan Deans and the Plastic Acid Orchestra, and Hugh Fraser. He recently appeared as a sideman on DJ Sanj's "I Will Make You Famous" TV show.
Colin leads a band called Air Stranger, with whom he has composed and arranged dozens of songs, including original compositions and reworks of classic funk and rock hits. His compositional style is characterized by lush harmonies, infectious grooves, and catchy horn lines.
He also performs as bassist for classic rock/blues/funk cover band The Apartment, with whom he has also recorded bass for an upcoming release. But his versatility extends into the realm of jazz as he plays the upright and electric basses for various jazz trios, and has recorded bass parts for reworks of jazz standards.