Don Cantwell’s Clef Dwellers

Don Cantwell’s Clef Dwellers

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Don Cantwell and the Clef Dwellers is one of Central New York's best known traditional jazz bands, performing selections from a library of over 400 arrangements. The group's basic instrumentation includes trumpet, clarinet/sax, trombone, piano (keyboard), banjo/guitar, bass and drums. The Clef Dewllers serve up traditiona

swing music from Mardi Gras to contemporary style.

Don Cantwell of Barneveld leads the Clef Dwellers. Cantwell taught for 33 years at Whitesboro Central School, and created an award-winning music education program. At Whitesboro he taught many students who have gone on to careers of distinction as performers and educators, including Mark Kellogg, trombonist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and faculty member at Eastman School of Music; Dr. David Blask, trumpeter with several New Orleans jazz bands; and Michael Hewitt, chair of Music Education at the University of Maryland School of Music. Cantwell has been a recognized jazz educator at elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels.

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