Who Are We?

Northbound, which includes Michael Welch, Don Cannamela, Larry Baycura, Andy Van Duyne, Chip Lamson, and Tim Savage, performs a smorgasbord of well-known and loved pop, rock, and folk music from the past five decades.

Their music, spanning a wide variety of musical tastes, is influenced by popular singer-songwriters including James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, and The Beatles.

The core of "Northbound" goes back over 10 years, and the current configuration has performed concerts and shows at many venues around the North Country, and Upstate New York.

Michael Welch is a self taught guitarist who started playing seriously when he moved to Potsdam in 1975. He could be seen frequenting coffee houses at Potsdam State and Canton at the age of 15. Sometimes as a solo performer, Other times partnering with his brother David or high school friends Stewart Foster and Robert Reynolds. He learned Travis style picking from boyhood heroes like James Taylor and Paul Simon. Michael formed"Northbound" in 2001 after tiring of being in rock bands playing late night venues. The concept for Northbound was to have a band which would be more of a "concert" band. Michael enjoys playing with the other musicians in the band because of the learning experience as well as the quality of musicianship. His band mates teach bits of theory to him each time they play...

Don Cannamela grew up in Buffalo, NY and began taking piano lessons at age 7. In Junior High he started playing trombone. After graduating from the Crane School of Music in 1997 he remained in Potsdam, NY. He picked up the bass when some friends needed a bass player for their band. Don has been teaching instrumental music for 20 years and is currently the director of bands at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School.


Larry Baycura is currently a music educator and freelance percussionist living in Northern, NY along with his wife, Jean and son, Jay.  Prior to becoming an educator, Larry served for three years as a member of the 19th United States Army Band. After his tour of duty was complete, he attended the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. There he earned his Bachelor of Music in Education as well as his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance.


       Larry recently retired from teaching after 30 years with the Canton Central School District.  While employed at Canton Central Larry taught 5th and 6th Grade Bands, Sr. High Percussion and K-7 General Music.  He also served as Department Chairman and advisor to the McKenney Middle School Model Railroad Club.  Additionally, Larry teaches private lessons and has conducted workshops in the field of percussion and electronic music.   Larry is a member of the New York State School Music Association, New York State Band Director’s Association and the Percussive Arts Society.


Some of Larry’s past and present performance credits include. 


§     Currently performs with Northbound and the All Star Big Band

§     Percussion instructor for community Drum and Bugle Corps’

§     Numerous Jazz, Rock and Blues Bands

§     The Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York

§     The Community Performance Series Orchestra

§     The Northern Symphonic Winds

§     Cherry Hill Wind Ensemble, Cherry Hill, NJ. 

§     Three years as a percussionist with the 19th United States Army Band, Fort Dix, N.J.

Hailing from Central New York State, Andy Van Duyne relocated to the North Country in the early 70's as a student at the Crane School Of Music.  He'd been playing piano since age 5, but was corrupted into guitar as an impressionable young man during the Beatles Invasion.  After Crane, he pursued a 32 year career teaching music at Norwood-Norfolk Central School.  Over the years he's been in many bands of wildly various stripes, joining Northbound in 2009.  In addition, he performs quite often in a duo with Mike as "Microburst", plus does a fair amount of solo, pickup-band, and 'pit' work. He has also issued several recordings of both instrumentals and songs. You can hear some of those at his personal website.

Tim Savage comes from the hills south of Malone where he grew up skiing at Moon Valley (now Titus Mountain) in Chasm Falls and horsing around at Alpine Acres in Owls Head. He began performing professionally on trumpet with Vince Tutino’s wedding band at age 16. While attending Crane School of Music, he heard his father’s saxophone calling to him. A month later they were gigging and have been at it ever since these past 40 years. Tim is currently the 7-12 band director at Canton Central School (since 1998) and adjunct at St. Lawrence University (since 2005) where he currently directs the Improv Lab. He is thrilled to be a part of this fine collection of characters called Northbound.

Guy (Chip) Lamson is a music educator with thirty years of high school experience in the Massena Central School District.  During his tenure, he taught courses and classes in voice, music theory, composition, music history and literature, guitar, class piano, and music theater, as well as directing mixed choir, women’s chorus and three vocal ensembles.  He also directed and conducted both fall and spring musical productions annually.  Additionally, he coached both basketball and track.  For ten years he was a music director and conductor for Music Theatre North, a regional summer stock theater located in SUNY Potsdam’s Snell Hall.  He has served in the New York State School Music Association as sectional festival general chair, choral chair, accompanist, and conductor.  Lamson has been a NYSSMA Conference All-State clinician, and a session accompanist for Alfred, Shawnee Press, Hal Leonard, Theodore Presser and other publishers.  He has served as both conductor or accompanist for numerous high school jazz festivals in New York.  He is a past president of the St. Lawrence County Music Educator’s Association, and has served the SLCMEA All-County Festival as general chair, choral chair, accompanist and conductor.  Since retiring from Massena, he has worked at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music as an adjunct professor, teaching functional piano to instrumental music majors, and team-teaching both fall and summer course offerings in vocal jazz.  For three fall semesters, Lamson served as the director of the Crane Men’s Ensemble.  In addition, currently he is the piano accompanist for several dozen Crane instrumental and voice majors.  For many years, Lamson has performed as a keyboard player and vocalist in several blues and rock bands.  He has recorded seven CDs, the most recent in November of 2014.