APEX JAZZ BAND

Clarinetist Roger Cramphorn has played as a serious amateur musician in many parts of the world. As founder and leader of Apex, he has kept the band true to its roots and regales the crowds with fine playing and singing.

Ron Laight was just out of high school when he signed on as the band’s original (and only) bassist; Ron has always been the baby of the band.. However, with the addition of you know who, pictured directly above... Ron lost the title!
Dave Johnstone, an experienced sideman and music educator, plays banjo and guitar with Apex and just about every other band in town; he also transcribes music for the band when new tunes are being worked up.
Trombonist Rod Digney, another Apex original, has played most other types of music during his extensive amateur career but has focussed almost exclusively on tailgate Dixieland since joining the band.
Trumpeter Gordon Tapp has been playing up and down the Ottawa Valley since the age of twelve. A tremendously versatile musician, he is, or has been, trumpeter, cornetist, arranger or director for groups ranging from dance, swing, community and brass bands to symphony orchestras. Gord lives and works in Pembroke, where he leads or plays in several groups.

Drummer Steve Barrette is a local boy from Ottawa.  Steve spent many years touring the world representing Canada in the RCMP show band.  He has played with the Rialto Rhythm Revellers, Arthur Grainge's New Orleans Days Jazz Band,  Aardvark Jazz Band, The Bill Jupp Band, Souper Jazz, The Concorde Trio and can also be seen with his own trio, featuring various local artists at The Swan in Carp.
Members of the Band