MEET THE BAND

What do you get when you put a jazz drummer, funk bassist, rock guitarist and piano virtuoso together? THE Ben Dunnill BAND! Since 2018, Ben has joined forces with the talents of Paul Fader, Colin Sankey and Nathan Tapsas to bring a young jazzy sound to venues all around the lower mainland.  With a repertoire ranging from 1930s jazz standards all the way to todays top hits, the Ben Dunnill band are professionals at catering to the likes of audiences old and young. Some notable works include the James Bond Party for Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Desert Hills annual Wine Party, as well as featuring in  Vancouver based Film productions. Whether it's a wedding, corporate event or backyard party, the Ben Dunnill Band is confident that their musical expertise will make the night one you won't forget! Currently, with regards to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the band has shifted gears and are focusing their attention on studio work, recording and writing at Big Paw Studios in South Surrey. 

GUITAR

Nathan tapsas

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.

 

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DRUMS

Paul fader

 

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Paul Fader is a percussionist from White Rock, BC. He started playing the drums at the age of 5, after he was astonished by the playing of John Bonham and Keith Moon. Throughout high school, he became proficient in jazz and played with a number of gigging jazz ensembles. He has played with rep bands and received awards for his performances in the Envision Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and the Douglas Collage Summer Jazz program. Today, he continues to sharpen his technical  abilities and strives to build a strong musical foundation for the Ben Dunnill Band.

BASS

Colin Sankey

Having consumed an omnivorous musical diet of funk and jazz, along with a plethora of other genres, Colin is committed to composing music that both taps your toes and engages the deepest recesses of your mind. Colin spent his late teens and early twenties cutting his teeth in jazz clubs and bars around the city of Vancouver. A budding jazz musician and composer, Colin spent many nights in candle lit clubs underground with a glass of wine in his hand, absorbing his ears in the sounds of jazz, funk, afro-beat, and salsa groups. Countless jam sessions in dimly lit basements with half-eaten pizzas strewn across the floor taught him how to hang with the jazz guys. Sleepless nights in the houses of his friends with textbooks at his feet and a laptop on his chest taught him how music works.

Colin has a strong affinity for the music of other cultures, having played Caribbean beats and Reggae in his church band, and salsa in the Latin Jazz Ensemble at Vancouver Community College.

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