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In 2015, Philippe Entremont was kind enough to perform with the Adrian Symphony, John Dodson conducting his last season with us. As principal clarinetist, I had many solos with the famed and magnificent pianist, particularly during the second movement.

Live performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 (2nd movement) with Philippe Entremont and the Adrian Symphony. (2015)


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Scott Gwinnell was honored to receive a grant to collaborate with John Clayton in 2009, creating a Concerto Grosso for the Clayton Brothers ensemble and the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra (myself on baritone saxophone). The work debuted at the Detroit International Jazz Festival that year. Two of the movements are below:

John Clayton Brothers with the SCOTT GWINNELL JAZZ ORCHESTRA - "Guardian Fanfare", and the beginning of the first movement, "T".

John Clayton Brothers with the SCOTT GWINNELL JAZZ ORCHESTRA - “H”


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Sax 4th Avenue enjoyed a rare opportunity to play the Philip Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet with the Toledo Symphony in 2010. The Blade ran an article about the upcoming performance.

Toledo Blade: Sax 4th Avenue performing with the Toledo Symphony.

It should be noted that this quartet has been together with no change in personnel since 1991. On our 25th Anniversary, we had a performance in the town that gave us our first performing opportunity, Grand Rapids, OH. Below is one of our signature, crowd-pleasing favorites.

Sax 4th Avenue 25th Anniversary performance in Grand Rapids, OH, “Carmen” (arr. by Pete Ford).


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The Toledo Clarinets enjoyed working together on a CD project, which is review here:

Review of the TOLEDO CLARINETS CD.


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In 2011, two Adrian College students (Russell Millett and Austin Goodrich) hired Pete and myself to record with them in the legendary Sun Studios. Pete wrote a few tunes and we had fun with the project. Below is an example of our work from the day, myself on tenor saxophone.

Pete Ford’s “Old Paris Road” recorded in Sun Studios.