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Don Englert


DON ENGLERT (saxophonist, flutist) studied music at the Northridge Campus of California University. Before relocating to Toronto many years ago, he spent nine years touring in bands led by some of the biggest names in jazz including Louis Bellson and Buddy Rich. He was a member of the famed Canadian rock band, "Lighthouse", and since moving to Canada, he has worked frequently in pit-bands for shows at The O'Keefe Centre (later known as the Hummingbird Centre), The Royal Alexandra Theatre, and Hamilton Place.

He worked as a studio musician for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for a number of years in both television and radio, and has performed on a multiplicity of film soundtracks and recordings. For many years he has been a regular performer in orchestras at the renowned Stratford Festival, and is a long-time member of the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra.

As a jazz educator, he is on the music faculties of both the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Don Englert performed in “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concerts with Banda Brava on March 12, 1979 and as leader of the Don Englert Quintet on February 11, 1991.