Dr. Russ Weil was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. An educator at heart, Russ is an instructor and administrator utilizing the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board since 1969, serving as a primary and secondary school instructor, a higher school department mind, and Co-ordinator of Music. As Co-ordinator, Russ had been in charge of songs knowledge from kindergarten to class 13 for more than 40, 000 pupils. From 2003-2009, he served as an instructor in songs education during the Brock University Faculty of Education. In 2001, he obtained a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in training.
Russ is the Founder and creative Director of Hamilton All Star Jazz, a community based company that boasts 3 Jazz Big Bands for young adults ranging in age from 12 to 25. The All Star Jazz Band, which Russ will continue to direct, has introduced 9 CDs with some of Canada’s greatest legends of jazz as visitor music artists including Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Nimmons and David Braid. Over 1, 000 youthful musicians have already been active inside company since its inception some three decades ago.
In 2003, Russ ended up being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from McMaster University for his considerable assist young people while the arts. Various other awards range from the City of Hamilton Arts Award, 2 Paul Harris Fellowships through the Rotary Club of Canada, a Laura Secord Award through the Sertoma Club of Hamilton, a Community Service Award through the Hamilton Spectator, and several prizes from Mohawk university, the city of Ancaster, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Lung Association, together with Global Association for Jazz Education. Russ has actually travelled extensively as an adjudicator and clinician for college and music celebrations throughout Canada.
Dr. Weil holds a B.A. in songs from McMaster University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum preparing from O.I.S.E., University of Toronto, a D.Litt. from McMaster University, and an A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of musical, University of Toronto, in singing overall performance. He is the previous lead singer with all the Jameson Roberts Blues Band. Dr. Weil happens to be theMusic Director using singing team Motown: never ever Can state Goodbye.