Blaine Dunaway Quintet

BLAINE DUNAWAY has become one of the most generous, modest and recognizable forces representing the music scene here in the Comox Valley. But his important contribution to the history of Canadian music goes way beyond that!

As a composer, his compositions range from String Quartets to 15 piece bands to meditation tracks.

Blaine has worked as a studio recording artist in many studios across the country. As an improvising violinist and trumpet player, there are dozens of albums with his touch adding to the magic, from jazz to classical to folk to world music to blues to popular.His studio time includes recordings with Ferron, Sweet Papa Lowdown, Eartha Kitt, Mae Moore, Gaye Delorme, Susan Jacks, Carolyn Mark, Stephen Fearing and many more.

He was the founder and conductor of the Brandon Community Symphony Orchestra and the Sunshine Coast community Concert Band. He is also a past member of the Pro Musica Orchestra, New West Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, Sooke Philharmonic and the Victoria Civic Orchestra.

His varied live performance history includes stints with Hugh Fraser’s Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI), Tommy Banks Orchestra (a 26 week television session) and as a Professional musician in the Royal Canadian Engineers Band.

Blaine spends time as a teacher in violin, cello, trumpet and flugelhorn for all ages.

His BA from Western Washington University is complemented by additional study at UBC, U of A in Edmonton, Brandon University, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and Bullfrog Recording School. But in truth, he is constantly learning and honing and is never content with how much he knows!

Currently he is mastering guitar, keyboards, banjo and mandolin, and rediscovering his singing voice. He also enjoys experimenting with various percussion instruments, his current favourite of which is the WAVE® drum.

Blaine will be joined by Budge Shakte, Jeff Drummond, John Hyde and Kelby MacNayre.