Our Outriders Staff

Jay Michalak Director

Jay Michalak

Director

Jay was born in Chicago, Illinois, and began his musical studies at age 6 with piano and voice lessons. He started trumpet in grade 5, and his marching career began in the dynamic music program at Marian Catholic High School, in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  He attended Northwestern University (B.Mus. Performance, Education) and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  During his collegiate years he was a member of the Northwestern University Marching Band and spent two summers as soprano soloist with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps.  He completed his Master’s degree in May 2000, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

On the West Coast, Jay was part of the Lyric Brass Quintet (faculty ensemble at Pacific Lutheran University, WA), the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cascade Symphony, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.  In the Fall of 2001, he moved to Calgary to join the Foothills Brass Quintet, a full-time touring brass ensemble, performing hundreds of concerts every year all across North America. As a trumpet soloist, Jay has been featured with Ensemble Noir (Toronto,) Altius Brass and Kensington Sinfonia. He has also been a finalist in major brass competitions including Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition and the Jeju International Brass Competition.

In 2004, Jay began his association with the Calgary Stampede Showband as the Brass Coordinator, and currently is the Summer Program Coordinator. Jay has also worked with the Calgary Stetson Show Band as brass coordinator, Music Director and Band Director and is also the Director of A Band of Outriders. During his tenure, he has completed many arrangements and transcriptions for field show, concert band, and parade for each of the bands.

Kodi Hutchinson Assistant Director

Kodi Hutchinson

Assistant Director

One of the most active musicians in Western Canada, award-winning double bassist Kodi Hutchinson is man who wears many hats. As well as running his own musical group the Hutchinson Andrew Trio, and hosting the CKUA radio show A Time for Jazz, Kodi is a sought after side-man on both double bass and electric bass.                       

 

Described by those who know him as creative, introspective and just a happy-go-lucky guy, Kodi started his musical career in jazz while attending the University of Calgary. Since those early beginnings, Kodi has established himself as one of the top call bassists in Alberta. He has worked with artists such as Al Muirhead, Laila Biali, Wayne Newton, Susan Aglukark, Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Johnny Summers, Lee Konitz, Oliver Jones, Walt Weiskopf, Karl Schwonik, Hugh Fraser, Ingrid Jensen, Ross Taggart, Mike Murley, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Theatre Calgary and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

 

Kodi's wide range of musical tastes have allowed him to tour throughout North America and Europe with such groups as Al Muirhead, Laila Biali, Karl Schwonik, Clanterra, Destino, Johanna Sillanpaa as well as Sillan & Young. The Hutchinson Andrew Trio won the prestigious 2013 TD Grand Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and all four of their albums were nominated for the Western Canadian Music Awards. Recently, Kodi has produced three albums for JUNO-nominated trumpeter Al Muirhead , recent discs from vocalist Johanna Sillanpaa, jazz saxophonist Keith O’Rourke and Calgary’s Prime Time Big Band. Kodi is a true artist that finds musical inspiration in the simple things and he channels this inspiration into his work and all his musical endeavours.