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Educator~Performer~Recording Artist

Drum Set~Percussion~Piano

Providing online and in-home lessons to all ages and levels. 

Online - lessons available via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime using a smart phone or tablet device.

In-home - I come to your home, masked, socially distant and hands sanitized.

(By special request only in the Comox Valley area, schedual restrictions may apply)

Police back ground check available on request.  ​

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Raised in New Hampshire, USA, Jon May never expected to be a working teacher and musician in Canada. Jon grew up an avid music lover whose passion for the drums and piano eventually landed him in the Great White North. Completing a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. He has played everything from Jazz, Folk, Avant-guard, Rock, Classical, Bee-bop, Country, Funk, R&B, and beyond with such groups as Juno award winner Laila Biali, multiple move award winner Blake Reid, The Mocking Shadows, Juno nominated John Wort Hannam, Break Out West nominated group Sinistrio, The Polyjesters, FUBAR 2 star Terra Hazelton, Canadian icon Ian Tomas, The Calgary philharmonic Orchestra and many, many others. He has toured extensively through the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. He is a featured artist in the award winning documentary, "No Roads In" and had a lead roll in the 2019 Calgary Stampede Grand Stand Show.

 Jon’s teaching credentials include: 20 plus years of private studio teaching,  St. Ambrose Drums intensive with jazz educator John Riley, The Clinic Line - teaching elementary, middle school and high school Percussion, the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Youth Music School, The Mt. Royal Jazz Camp as well as the Long Lake Camp for  the Arts in New York where he met his wife. After following her back to her home in Canada in 2005, Jon got his start at a local jam, rapidly working his way through the ranks to become one of Western Canada’s top musicians. As a talented composer, teacher, recording artist and player, Jon brings a thoughtfulness to the Canadian music scene, where he bridges a gap between many genres. 

Other experience includes:

National Music Centre- Sound Technician (2018,2019, 2020) 

Clinic Line - percussion clinician for Middle school and High school band programs (2018, 2019, 2020) 

Percussion Teacher - St. Ambrose College Drum Camp with John Riley  

(2019, 2020)

Instructor and Combo Director - Mount Royal Jazz Intensive Camp at Mount Royal University (2016, 2017, 2018)

Artist in Residence - Crossroads Community Preschool (Spring 2014)

Head Sound Tech at Wine-ohs Music Club (2013, 2014)

City Sound Crew for The City Of Calgary (2010-2013)

Mount View Music Festival Sound crew (2007- 2015)

    • Back line Manager 

    • Stage Runner

    • Stage Hand  

Percussion Teacher - Long Lake Camp for the Arts; Long Lake, New York (2005)

Instructor - New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School (2002)

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Sinistrio - White Bread Brigade

Sinistrio - White Bread Brigade

Although only on the Canadian jazz scene for a short while, Calgary based B3 organ trio Sinistrio are already making waves. Sinistrio's refreshing new sound likens comparisons to groups such as Soulive, Larry Goldings, and Medeski Martin & Wood. Their music can be categorized as jazz, groove, pop, latin, and soul. Popular across a initiation for those new to the jazz world with their funky and modern style. At the same time, their music reaches out to veteran jazz fans through the bands' harmonic and soloistic depth. Members Jeff Drummond (Guitar) Steve Fletcher (Organ) and Jon May (Drums) together make artful music based around the B3 organ. Sinistrio is indicative of the modern Canadian musical landscape fusing urban and jazz sensibilities into an unforgettable sound one won't soon forget. Sinistrio's band leader, Jon May, had always been interested in the texture created with an organ based trio."I'vealways really liked the sound of organ," admits May. "But in particular, there's something about the left-hand bass. The tone that you can get out of it is lower than a regular bass, and it fills the space so much more." Jon was excited when he met like-minded musicians in Steve and Jeff. The group has been working together regularly in Western Canada since their inception in late 2006. They are pleased to announce being signed to the roster of Chronograph Records. Their debut album was released in early November 2007 to sold-out crowds. The Sinistrio performs a mixture of original compositions as well as arrangements of jazz standards and pop music all with a twist that only this group can deliver. The group will be touring jazz festivals across Canada and the Northern United States
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