Jayden Eric Beaudoin's first passion was music, which has taken him on adventures from his home province of British Columbia to perform across Canada and internationally with groups such as the Vancouver Metropolitan Opera and Royal City Musical Theatre; the Windsor, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, London, and International Symphony Orchestras; as part of the military bands of the Ceremonial Guard, 15th Field Artillery, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, and Royal Canadian Artillery; and with the Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, C2 Entertainment, as a street performer, and with many others.
Jayden's musical education began in 2005 at Douglas College and was followed by time at the University of British Columbia, where he acquired his Bachelors of Music. While attending Douglas College, he acquired a flair for musical theatre, which led him to play in many productions across Canada including Grease, Annie, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Wizard of Oz. During his time at the University of British Columbia, he spent an increasing amount of time focusing on mallet percussion, which became instrumental in shaping his future ambitions.
While completing his Masters of Music at the University of Western Ontario in 2014, Jayden simultaneously received a certificate in University Teaching and Learning. During this time, he was a finalist Maritsa Ateena Brookes Concerto Competition as well as the London Music Scholarship Foundation Competition. Through these, he was able to simultaneously create the first recording and give the Canadian Premiere of Casey Cangelosi's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra No. 2 with the University of Western Ontario Orchestra. After graduating, he maintained an active role in the university music community as the music director for both the Western Chamber Music Jazz Band and the Western Marching Band, as percussion instructor for the New Horizons Adult Band, and has also given numerous formal presentations with the Music Educator Students' Association and to the University of Western Ontario student composers.
In addition to this, he has been an active military musician since 2009 when he joined the Band of the Ceremonial Guard, which performs daily during the Summer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. Through various military bands, he has been seen on international television, appeared in newspapers, and performed throughout Canada. Internationally, he has been deployed overseas to London, England, where he played for Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, as well as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. He has been privileged to perform at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and on Horse Guards Parade. He has also provided musical support on a number of deployments for a many commemorations, most notably the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, as well as for the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day in the Netherlands.
Jayden has also been featured as a soloist with the University of British Columbia Percussion Ensemble, University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 15th Field Artillery Band, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band, University of Western Ontario Percussion Ensemble, and with the University of Western Ontario Orchestra, where conductor Alain Trudel hailed him as 'one of the most talented new percussionists on the professional scene'.
Always looking to expand his skill set, Jayden has worked extensively in music administration and production. His roles have included librarian, personnel manager, operations coordinator, stage manager, box office manager, undergraduate admissions assistant, assistant production manager, and instrument coordinator. He has also held a position as executive board member of the London Musicians Assosiation and currently works in the operations department for the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.
A published photographer, Jayden's passion for photography continually grows as he seeks out new subjects. Whether he is photographing a landscape, portrait, or something else, he strives to create compelling images which tell meaningful stories. Some of his images are available as high quality prints on Pictorem and as wearabler merch on CottonCart, other images can be found on his Instagram.
In 2018, Jayden created an endowment at Douglas College in memory of his mother, Margaret Beaudoin, who passed away suddenly in 2017. He plans to replicate this at the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario.
Currently, Jayden is an active musician and photographer in and around Edmonton, Alberta. He performs actively with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, the C-Jam Big Band, the Sticks and Stone Marimba Band; as a street musician; as a guest performer with a variety of other ensembles; creates his own music and videos, which he shares on BandCamp and YouTube; and is consistantly engaged in a number of photography projects.
Jayden also enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, cycling, and camping. He has an interest in history, politics, economics, urban design, infrastructure, engineering, physics, and astronomy.
"Jayden Beaudoin is a fine musician...He is well-spoken, intelligent, and personable, and the kind of musician who 'gets it' - from concert percussion to drum set and beyond."
- Vern Griffiths, Principal Percussionist, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
"Jayden has fostered a productive atmosphere for my son, and has been thorough and engaging, while bringing a great deal of enthusiasm to teaching percussion. Without question his education and experience is a great benefit to him, but I feel Jayden abilities go further than simply his academic career. He's a personable and knowledgeable—a rare pairing these days."
- Robert Thompson, Golf Analyst, Global News
"In my opinion, he is one of the most talented new percussionists on the professional scene...Jayden has shown tremendous work ethic, good organizational skills and a great degree of maturity. I have no hesitation in recommending him."
- Alain Trudel, Artistic Director, Orchestra London Canada
"I learned way more in jazz and enjoyed it so much more than I expected! Your enthusiasm and love of jazz is contagious. You are a great teacher!"
- Jennifer Boss, Events Executive, Western Chamber Music