Jonathan Wade


A native of Ottawa, Jonathan Wade received a Bachelor’s of Music in percussion from the University of Ottawa, studying with Ian Bernard and Pierre Béluse; and a Superior Studies diploma in timpani repertoire from the Université de Montréal, studying with Louis Charbonneau.

Jonathan has been a percussionist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1982. He also performs with the Canadian National Brass Project, Capital BrassWorks and the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, and has performed at major festivals in Quebec and across Ontario.

From 2002 to 2023, Jon taught timpani and percussion at the University of Ottawa. He also taught at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy from 1986 to 2009. Through the National Arts Centre’s Education and Community Outreach program, he has presented hundreds of concerts in schools with the percussion duo Bangers and Smash and with the Ragtime Brass.