Music Express is a dynamic, variety-style show band comprised of over forty volunteer musicians and singers from the southwestern Ontario region. The performers in Music Express are of professional caliber and many have been with the group since its inception in 1978. Performers enjoy the unique opportunity to express themselves through their love for music while making a contribution to the community; a principle upon which the organization was founded. Under the Musical Direction of Beth Dykeman, Music Express entertains audiences of all ages with a diverse range of show formats. The group’s repertoire includes spectacular vocal arrangements of your favourite Broadway tunes such as A Chorus Line, Fame, Miss Saigon, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many others. Music Express brings to life exciting new arrangements of classic songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, Gloria Estefan, Chicago, The Temptations, Abba, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble and other pop music hit makers. In addition to this already expansive repertoire, they also perform jazz standards, R&B, Big Band, patriotic music and their highly inspirational Gospel shows. The range in repertoire has grown throughout the group’s long history and continues to evolve to meet the needs of their audiences.
Music Express has performed at venues from banquet halls to churches, from hospitals to auditoriums, from castles to convention centres, and even in the great outdoors! Whatever the occasion or special event, Music Express is delighted to provide entertainment in a formal concert-style setting, an outdoor festival or alongside dinner and an evening of dancing.
While maintaining a focus on community involvement, this talented and versatile group has also entertained thousands spanning three continents. Music Express has performed in our nation’s capital city of Ottawa as well as in the US capital of Washington DC. The group has earned standing ovations throughout Europe and across the globe in South East Asia. Highlights of the band’s touring adventures include a performance at Austria’s Congress Casino Baden, at the International Cheltenham Music Festival, and an appearance on the Chinese Television Network as special guests of the Chinese Ministry of Culture. One of Music Express’ most thrilling performances was in England; at the command of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Music Express invites its audiences on a journey through a variety of musical styles evoking a wide range of human emotions. Music Express provides an interactive, breathtaking and memorable entertainment experience with intensity that can only be facilitated by a large show band of this unique caliber. Prepare for excitement as the curtain rises on pure entertainment from Music Express!