Achievement Highlights

* Has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Manteca, and The Spitfire Band
* He has toured the United States and Japan with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
* Received a BMus degree from Wilfrid Laurier University

Dave Wiffen

Dave Wiffen holds a Masters Degree in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music and an Honours Bachelor of Music in performance from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Shortly after graduating from Eastman, Dave spent a year touring the U.S. and Japan with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Since then he has performed in a wide variety of musical styles with many different ensembles including Orchestra London, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Glenn Buhr’s Ebony Tower Ensemble, the Peter Appleyard Jazz Orchestra, Manteca and The Spitfire Band.

He has also had the pleasure of backing up such diverse artists as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Michael Brecker, Gerry Mulligan, Rob McConnell, Marvin Hamlisch, Steve Allen, Rich Little, Bob Newhart, Dudley Moore, Dinah Shore, Wayne Newton, Regis Philbin, The Temptations and Jeff Healey among many others.

Dave has played in a number of pit orchestras including several seasons at the Stratford Festival, the Grand Theatre in London, the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside PEI and the Toronto productions of The Producers and The Full Monty. Recently, he has been touring across Canada and the United States with The Piano Men, a show featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel, starring Jim Witter.

He is a founding member of the New Berlin Chamber Ensemble, comprised of four musicians who all play clarinet, flute and saxophone in both classical and jazz styles. They’ve recently toured Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan and appeared on TVO’s Studio 2.

He appears on recordings with two-time Juno nominee Freeflight the Big Band (Sony), The New Berlin Chamber Ensemble (as performer, arranger, and producer) and W.C. Handy award winner Mel Brown and The Homewreckers (Electro-Fi), among many others.

Dave has been the saxophone instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2000 and held the same position at the University of Western Ontario for six years.

Originally from Toronto, Dave currently resides in Waterloo, Ontario with his wife and son.