Clarinet, oboe, english horn, bass clarinet, piano
Don has played curbside with LACurbsideEntertainment.com
Donovan "Don" Claverie began taking piano lessons at age six. Under the instruction of professional pianist Dr. Louise Earhart, he continues to train classically and he performs in many recitals. He also performs in the State of California's Certificate of Merit program, increasing his level of difficulty and proficiency year after year.
As a freshman in high school, Don began an independent study of jazz piano. He began to explore composition for piano and beyond, scoring songs that ranged to solo piano songs to jazz big band charts. Don is currently working to showcase his original composition titled "Yellow Fever" into the California State Young Composers Competition.
Don is also a proficient woodwind doubler. In elementary school, his dedication to woodwinds began when he began to learn clarinet for his school band. In middle school, he was selected to be a part of the District Honor Band. After entering Millikan High School in Long Beach, Don broadened his musical experience by introducing alto saxophone to his repertoire.
He currently studies woodwind doubling with professional saxophonist and former Millikan High School Band Director, Tom Mitter, who also teaches jazz improvisation. As a high school junior, Don currently plays in the top jazz band in the school, and is the reserve alto saxophonist of the top jazz combo in the school. He continues to play clarinet in the school's Symphonic Winds Ensemble.
Don has performed in the Musical Pit Orchestra twice. He has performed as one of two clarinet players in the school's production of Grease, as well as the Reed 3 part in Guys and Dolls. In that production, he played lead tenor saxophone, while doubling on clarinet, oboe, english horn, and bass clarinet.