Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer, and serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama. Camwell has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a D'Addario Performing Artist since 2009, a Beechler Artist since 2003, and has over thirty publications available through Jeanne, Dorn and UNC Jazz Press. He has been involved in a variety of commissioning projects, including co-leading a consortium with Dr. Stephen Page that resulted in a popular new work by noted composer Marc Mellits entitled Tachycardia. In 2017, noted composer David Canfield dedicated his Concerto After Mendelssohn to Camwell, who has performed the work several times in the United States and Canada, and will record it with the Alberta Winds in May, 2019.
Camwell studied at the universities of Calgary, Jacksonville State, Northern Colorado, and Oregon, and has recorded on the Innova, Enharmonic, Teal Creek, and Mark Custom recording labels. A new album on the highly-regarded PARMA label will be released in late 2019.
An active performer and clinician, Camwell has been a guest artist at over forty universities throughout North America. He has won a number of awards, including 2nd-place in the 2000 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial jazz competition. He has performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and at a variety of jazz festivals, including Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland. He has also toured Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble, performed with the orchestras of Iowa, Des Moines, Minnesota, and Pensacola, and was a featured soloist with the New York Central City Chorus. He served as the tenor saxophonist in the now-defunct Oasis Quartet from 2007-2017.
In addition to hosting the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 conference, Camwell regularly attends regional and national NASA events. He also performed at the World Saxophone Congresses of Slovenia (2006), Thailand (2009), and Scotland (2012). Camwell will host the NASA region 6 conference in 2021 at Troy University.
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