The Aviators

Pop, Rock and Rhythm 'n' Blues Since 1982

This 5-piece group has performed at hundreds of conventions, weddings, concerts and nightclubs!

The repertoire of styles runs from rhythm'n'blues, swing and pop to "good old rock 'n' roll". If you are looking to please a group of people with a wide age range, then The Aviators are definitely the entertainers that can deliver an exciting night of music to keep the dance floor hopping!


The Aviators Are:

Alex Vaughan


(guitar, keyboards & vocals)

Hailing from Windsor, NS (the birthplace of hockey!), Alex began playing guitar and piano when he was 8 years old and started writing songs shortly thereafter. At 17, he was runner-up in the NS Government's "Listen to the Sounds" contest. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Alex enjoys playing many styles of music. Besides the Aviators, he performs in the Dixie Rovers, the Swell Guys and the East Coast Music award-winning children's duo "Audrey & Alex". Alex won the 1st annual CBC Atlantic Song Contest in 1984 as well as the "Celebrate Our Music" contest in 1998. His leadership, musical experience and odd collection of sneakers enable the aviators to handle any request!

Ken MacKay


(woodwinds & vocals)

'Diverse' is the word best used to describe Ken's musical background. A native of Truro, NS, the list of his professional credits is impressive. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Al Martino, Max Weinberg (Conan O'Brien), the Temptations and jazz/blues guitarist Robben Ford are just a few of the artists Ken has performed with. He is also one of the most popular music educators in the greater Halifax area. Ken's ability to play a variety of musical styles combined with his rollicking personality has established him as one of the most exciting sax players in Eastern Canada. Credit for the Aviators' dance steps also goes to this well-rounded guy!

Scott Ferguson


(drums & vocals)

Ontario born and Cape Breton raised ('homeville' to be exact), Scott is a graduate of the St. Francis Xavier jazz program where he completed an honours degree in music performance. After moving to Halifax in 1984, Scott performed with jazz artists Peter Appleyard, Oliver Jones and Warren Chiasson and later broadened his horizons to work with such diverse talents as Ronnie Prophet, Catherine McKinnon, Symphony Nova Scotia, Joan Kennedy and, most recently, the Rankin Family. In 1985, Scott received a Canada Council Grant to study his craft in Toronto with well-known drum instructor, Jim Blackney. Scott holds the Aviator record for the "most consecutive meals"!

Scott also runs Ferguson Music Productions located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. With a strong combination of current technology and years of professional experience you can be sure of top quality, yet affordable results.

Donna Scaglione



Born and raised in Sydney, Cape Breton, Donna originally left to persue a stint in the military. But, after four years, life took her in a very different direction. She now boasts a full and varied musical career. From her impressive Marilyn Monroe show, to lending vocal talents to such acts as the Aviators and Ladies in Blue, she shines on whatever stage she lands. Donna also keeps busy lending her time and talents supporting her local music community. She hosts and participates in many civic and charity events, as well as volunteers on many music and entertainmemt committees. She even lends her voice to a local independent radio station where she continues to radiate her love of music. Donna is also looking to further grow as an artist through her songwriting and even hopes to release a solo CD in the near future. Both her parents said very early on that "Donna was vaccinated with a phonograph needle!"

John Chiasson


(bass & vocals)

Born and, for 5 weeks, raised in Lesoto, South Africa, John relocated to various cities and towns all across Canada before settling in Antigonish at age 12. His first stage appearances were in musical plays in high school and with the St. Francis Xavier stage band while studying music at St. F.X.. After moving to Halifax in 1981, he freelanced with such people as Frank MacKay, Lenny Gallant, the Floorboards and currently, the Rankin Family. John won a Juno award with the Rankin Family band as "entertainer of the year" and he arranged the ECMA-nominated single, "The River", for Cookie Rankin. His own solo album " Here in the Moonlight" was also nominated for an ECMA in 1998. 


"The aviators have set the standard to which all of the bands we will use across the country must aspire."

Jane Davies,

Maritime Life

"The success of this event was due largely to your (the Aviators) participation. The Aviators intuitively responded To the mood of the crowd and delivered a great evening of Entertainment and good fun." 

Louise Mercier,

The Greater Halifax Conventions and Meetings Bureau

"An excellent presentation...the comments were that the floor just wasn't big enough for everyone to get up and dance to the music at the same time!"

Events Coordinator,

Halifax Sheraton (New Year's Eve)

"I have heard nothing but rave reviews. We can all appreciate that this age group can be very hard to please and you (the Aviators) have obviously pleased them a great deal!"

Donald Hughes, Supervisor of Music

Musicfest (Junior High)

"The hit of the convention was the Aviators. They were sensational. Their repertoire, good spirits and pure talent were the perfect combination"

Pam Graham, President

Congress Canada

Aviators Live Compilation


How Sweet It Is

Gimme One Reason

Higher And Higher

Signed, Sealed, Delivered


Walkin' On Sunshine

You're Still The One

Stuck In The Middle With You

Thing Called Love

A Natural Woman

The Way You Do The Things You Do

Only You

Do You Love Me

I'll Go Crazy

The James Brown Medley


Some Kind Of Wonderful

My Heart Will Go On

Montego Bay

Knock On Wood

When A Man Loves A Woman

Chain Of Fools

Start It Up

Since I Fell For You

Everyday People

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

The Locomotion

Little Deuce Coupe

Jet Airliner

Doctor Doctor

China Grove

Sea Cruise

Flip,Flop And Fly

Tutti Frutti

In The Mood

Living La Vida Loca

Breakin' Up The House

Gimme A Little Sign

Suspicious Minds

See You Later Alligator

Boot Skootin' Boogie

Brown Eyed Girl

Get Together

Twist And Shout

Ob-la-di Ob-la-da

At the Hop

Surfin' U.S.A.

Havin' A Party

One Headlight

The Way

Could You Be Loved

Change The World

Wonderful Tonight

Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard


Walkin' On The Sun

It's Too Late To Turn Back Now

I'll Take You There

Some of our Clients

Maritime Life Assurance Company / Air Canada / Telecom Canada / Bolands Limited / National Home Builders Assoc. / Firestone Canada / Texaco Canada Incorporated / Institute of Chartered Accountants / Purchasing Managers Assoc. of Canada / Federation of Cdn. Municipalities / Canadian Cable Television / Grinner's Food Systems / JP Nablo Productions / Public Service Alliance of Canada / Cdn. Direct Marketing Association / Nova Scotia Power Corporation

Petro Canada / International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers / Maritime Beverages Limited / Sears Canada Incorporated / Eaton's Limited / Edwards Fine Foods Limited / Nova Scotia Real Estate Board / Canadian Dietetic Association / Tim Horton Donut Limited / Ralston Purina Incorporated / IGA Canada / Honda Canada Limited / Nova Scotia Liquor Commission / Lawton's Drugs / Canadian Forces Base Halifax / Nova Scotia Power Corporation / Realty World / Canadian Airlines / Maritime Tel & Tel / Atlantic Canada Teachers Assoc. / Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis / Dalhousie Medical Fraternity / A.C. Travel (Oshawa Ontario) / Mount St. Vincent University / Dalhousie University / St. Mary's University / St. Francis Xavier University / Technical University of Nova Scotia / Petro Canada / Nova Scotia Agricultural College / Dalhousie Law Society / I.W.K. Children's Hospital / Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron / Ralston Purina Inc. / Telecom Canada / Sears Social Club / Canadian Frozen Food Assoc. / Fred C. Morrison Ltd. / Maritime Life Insurance / Imperial Tobacco Ltd. / Atlantic Wholesalers / C.C.T.F.A

Atl. Provinces Real Estate Council / Cox-Downie-Goodfellow / Cdn. Institute of Surveyors / Communications and Electrical Workers of Canada / Cdn. Assoc. of Univ. Student Caucus / The Wynford Group / Digital Equipment of Canada Ltd. / Doane-Raymond / Patent & Trademark Institute of Cdn. / Assoc. of Physical Health Education & Recreation / Scott Maritimes Ltd. / Cdn. Technical Asphalt Assoc. / Cdn. Imperial Bank of Commerce / Atlantic Television / Atlantic Wholesalers / Dept. of Anaesthetics V.G. Hospital / Defence Research Establishment Atl. / Vocational Teacher's Association / Certified General Accountants of N. S. / Bard Canada Inc. / Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities / Nova Scotia Barristers Society / Victoria General School of Nurses / National Research Council / Shoppers Drug Mart / Grocery Council of Canada / McCall Frontiac / A.P.E.N.S. / Apple Blossom Festival

And Many More!