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Appointed by  Adrienne Clarkson
Name  Tommy Banks
Albums  Jazz Canada Montreux 1978
Residence  Edmonton
Preceded by  Ron Ghitter
Political party  Liberal
Party  Liberal Party of Canada
Nationality  Canadian
Role  Canadian Senator

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Born  December 17, 1936 (age 78) Calgary, Alberta (1936-12-17)
Profession  pianist, conductor, arranger, composer, television personality and former senator.
Website  http://www.tommybanks.info/
Office  Canadian Senator since 2000
Awards  Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year
Similar People  Big Miller, kd lang, Jean Chretien

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Thomas Benjamin Banks, OC AOE LL.D. (born December 17, 1936) is a Canadian pianist, conductor, arranger, composer, television personality and former senator.

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Television and musical career

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Banks was the host of nationally - and internationally - syndicated and network television programmes, including “The Tommy Banks Show” (1968-1983), “Somewhere There’s Music”, “What’s My Name”, “ Love and Mr. Smith”, “Celebrity Revue”, “Symphony of a Thousand”, “Tommy Banks Jazz”, etc.

He provided musical direction for the ceremonies of the XI Commonwealth Games, EXPO ’86, The World University Games, the XV Olympic Winter Games, and for countless television shows. He has produced and/or conducted command performances for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and for President Ronald Reagan. He is a member of the A. F. of M., ACTRA, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (U.S.), the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Banks made his jazz-playing debut in 1950 in the touring band of saxophonist Don (D. T.) Thompson. Since then, he’s played jazz throughout North America, Western and Central Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. In 1983 his quintet became the first jazz band to tour in continental China since the 1949 revolution.

Before being called to the Senate of Canada, Tommy Banks served as chair of the Music Committee of the Board of Governors of Alberta College; he was founding chairman of the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts; chair of the Music Programme at Grant MacEwan; of the Edmonton Concert Hall Foundation; of the Instrumental Jazz Division of MusicFest Canada (North America’s largest music festival organization); of the B. & B. Foundation for the Theatrical & Musical Arts of Alberta; member of the board of the CKUA Radio Network Foundation; Honorary chair of the Alberta Heart Fund; an Honorary member of Cosmopolitan International and of Rotary International (of which he is a Paul Harris Fellow).

On Century II Records, distributed by Royalty Records.

** JUNO Award winner * JUNO Award nominee

Guest conducted

  • Budapest Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian State Radio & Television
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra
  • Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
  • Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra
  • Memphis Symphony Orchestra
  • National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Regina Symphony Orchestra
  • Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
  • Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
  • Toledo Symphony Orchestra
  • The Toronto Symphony
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Symphony Nova-Scotia
  • Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
  • Political career

    Senator Banks was appointed to the Senate by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson at the recommendation of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 2000. He represented Alberta, sitting as a Liberal. In the Senate, he served as a member of the Standing Committee on National Finance, of the Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, of the Standing Committee on National Security and Defence (SCONSAD) and on its Steering Committee, and as chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans’ Affairs. In each of the 37th, 38th, and 39th Parliaments he was elected Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources. In the 37th and 38th Parliaments he served as Chair of the Alberta Liberal Parliamentary Caucus. Following dissolution of the 37th Parliament Senator Banks was named to an all-party Committee of Parliamentarians from both Houses, given the task of advising the Government on the setting up of parliamentary oversight of security intelligence matters. He served on an ad hoc basis on several additional committees of the Senate. He was vice-chair of the Caucus task force on urban issues that produced Canada's Urban Strategy - a Blueprint for Action which Report led to an important national debate.

    Authored legislation items

  • The Statutes Repeal Act, (2008)
  • An Act to Amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act (2008)
  • Auditor General Act (involvement of Parliament) (2010)
  • Sponsored legislation items

  • Canada National Parks Act (2000)
  • Canada National Marine Conservation Act (2001)
  • Act to Establish the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (2005)
  • Act to Amend the Migratory Birds Convention (1994)
  • Species At Risk Act (2002)
  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (2005)
  • Canada Border Services Agency Act (2005)
  • Act to Amend the Criminal Code (justification for detention in custody) (2010)
  • In the Senate, he served as a member of the Standing Committee on National Finance, of the Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, of the Standing Committee on National Security and Defence (SCONSAD) and on its Steering Committee, and as chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans’ Affairs. In each of the 37th, 38th, and 39th Parliaments he was elected Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources. In the 37th and 38th Parliaments he served as Chair of the Alberta Liberal Parliamentary Caucus. Following dissolution of the 37th Parliament Senator Banks was named to an all-party Committee of Parliamentarians from both Houses, given the task of advising the Government on the setting up of parliamentary oversight of security intelligence matters. Banks served on an ad hoc basis on several additional committees of the Senate. He was vice-chair of the Caucus task force on urban issues that produced Canada's Urban Strategy - a Blueprint for Action which Report led to an important national debate.

    Titles

  • December 17, 1936 – April 7, 2000: Mr Thomas Benjamin Banks
  • April 7, 2000 – : The Honourable Thomas Benjamin Banks
  • As a former Senator, Banks is entitled to be styled The Honourable for life.

    Honours

    Banks won the Sir Frederick Haultain Prize, a Juno Award, a Gemini Award, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ACTRA, and a SOCAN Special Achievement Award in 2010. His wife Ida and he are Honorary co-chairs for Northern Alberta of the CKUA Radio Network Capital Campaign, and board members of Wellspring Edmonton.

    References

    Tommy Banks Wikipedia


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