Born in Quebec City in 1981, Sub-Lieutenant Vincent Roy began playing piano when he was 8 years old and studied with Suzanne Beaubien-Lowe at the Quebec City Music Conservatory until the age of 14. After beginning to play the trumpet in high school, he pursued his musical studies in the CEGEP education system. Developing an affinity for the tuba, SLt Roy made it his principal instrument and completed a Bachelor’s degree in music performance at Laval University, QC under the tutelage of Lance Nagels. During this time, he also studied with renowned tubist Roger Bobo at Domaine Forget and performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Ensemble Vents & Percussions de Québec and many other regional orchestras.
SLt Roy joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a reservist in 2001 and performed subsequently with La Musique du NCSM Montcalm and La Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec. In 2006, he won a position in the Regular Force, and was posted to La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment in Valcartier, QC. During his time with the Royal 22e Régiment he performed internationally and wrote numerous musical arrangements. Having an avid interest in conducting, SLt Roy studied with Gilles Auger before being selected to attend the CAF Music Branch Conducting Course in the summer of 2011. Upon completion, he was promoted to Warrant Officer and posted to Greenwood, NS, as Bandmaster of the 14 Wing Volunteer Band. In July 2015, he accepted his commission and was posted to Borden, ON, to complete the year long Music Officer Course, studying with Dr. Gillian Mackay at University of Toronto. In July 2016, SLt Roy will be posted to Victoria, BC, where he will become the 21st Music Director and Commanding Officer of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.
SLt Roy is married to Marie-Lucie Mathieu and they have three children, Alexia, Olivia and Benjamin.