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Our Staff

Francis Smith

Music Director

Francis Smith’s musical journey began at a young age when he first started playing the piano. At age 11 he turned his focus to studying the clarinet and saxophone, of which the latter would become his principal instrument. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Francis has taught Instrumental Music at both the elementary and secondary levels with the Halton District School Board since 2015, and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Music Educators’ Association.


Francis’ involvement with the Burlington Teen Tour Band began when he joined the Junior Redcoats in 1994.  He moved up into the ranks of the Burlington Teen Tour Band in the spring of 1995. In 1998, he was promoted to Section Leader and in 2000 became one of the band’s Drum Majors, a position he maintained until his retirement as a band member in 2005.  During his time in the band, he was a longtime member of the saxophone quartet, and served on the band’s executive in the Fundraiser and Vice President roles.


In 2007, Francis joined the Teen Tour Band’s instructional staff in the role of Woodwind Instructor. At the end of 2018, following the retirement of Sir William Hughes, he was appointed to the position of Interim Musical Director. In March 2020, Francis was formally named as the band’s new Musical Director and Associate Director of Bands and Music Services for the City of Burlington’s Recreation, Community, and Culture Department.


Francis currently lives in Burlington with his wife, two young children, and a longhaired miniature dachshund named Wynton. Outside of his musical endeavors he maintains an active lifestyle that includes strength training, scuba diving, and a passion for really great coffee.


Instructional Staff

Colour Guard     








Lower Brass          




Marching / Equipment                   




MaryAnne Quaglia

Emily DiMatteo

Sam Moffatt


Jennifer Vaughan


Francis Smith


Luke Marta

Grant Sweeny

Jeff Thomblison

Malcolm Sanger

Hilary Whiskin


Jeff Thomblison

MaryAnne Quaglia

Support Staff




Equipment Drivers              





Music Librarian                    


New Member Coordinator 

BTTB Health Team










Website Administrator                        


Kellie Skerrett-Buttenham


Vic DeMelo

Ryan Dack

Jeff Thomblison


Angie Houghton


Jayne Walker


Janice Kariatsumari

Laurel Boucher

Laurie Horricks


Linda Yamamoto


Malcolm Sanger

Carolynn Blake


Grant Sweeny 

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