Dennis Strawley

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“I was first introduced to Légère Clarinet reeds in the spring of 2016 by a friend who played in the Philadelphia Orchestra. I had tried synthetic reeds in the past but they just did not deliver for me what I wanted in a Clarinet reed.

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When I tried the Légère Signature Series reed in his studio, I was immediately impressed.  The immediate response, ease of articulation, depth of tone and projection were all wrapped up into that reed. 

I have put them to the test in every performance situation from outside venues with varying levels of humidity and temperature to indoor concert halls. I have played them in Orchestra, Opera, Ballet, Pops Concerts and even a Solo performance. The real test was when I played a 6-hour recording session with the same reed and it did not vary from beginning to end. 

I can now show up to a performance knowing that I will have something on my mouthpiece that will play beautifully. My practice sessions and performances are now more about making music and not doing what I call the cane reed shuffle, constantly changing your cane reed because it is constantly changing. 

I have great reeds every time with the Légère Signature Series European cut……..Life Simplified.” – D. Strawley

Dennis Strawley is originally from the Philadelphia, PA area and hails from a family of 7 children, all of whom were musicians. His parents rarely enjoyed a moment of peace and quiet but supported their children in the pursuit of Music and the Arts.

He attended the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia after winning the Cigna Foundation fellowship program. He was a student of Ronald Reuben and Donald Montanaro, both members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Dennis made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 17 and received his B.M. from the Curtis Institute of Music.

He was the Concertmaster and Principal Clarinetist of The U.S. Army Band and Orchestra “Pershing’s Own” Washington, D.C., where he sat on the solo Clarinet stand for 18 years, the last 7 of those as Concertmaster. Prior to this he was a member of The United States Army Field Band, Washington, D.C. 

During his tenure with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” he was one of the most featured soloists with the Concert Band and Orchestra. Versatile in both classical and jazz genres, he appeared as a soloist on 61 solo performances throughout the United States in venues that include; Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC, The Strathmore Music Center, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

He was a featured soloist on the 2004 International Clarinet Association evening of Clarinet Concertos at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith performing Arts Center, sharing the program with Larry Combs and Ricardo Morales.

As an active freelance musician on the East Coast of the United States, Dennis Strawley has performed with numerous ensembles including: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Opera Orchestra, The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, The Virginia Ballet, The Wolf Trap Orchestra Washington, D.C., The American Festival Pops Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, 1807 and Friends, Chamber Ensemble of Philadelphia and the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble.

Dennis has performed under the batons of Riccardo Muti, Max Rudolph, William Smith, Charles Dutoit, Otto Werner Mueller and Jack Everly to mention a few. He has performed in concert, or as a soloist, in every Continental U.S. State, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and China. And, his clinical teachings have been published in The Instrumentalist magazine.

As a Légère Reeds Ltd. Endorsing Artist, Dennis plays exclusively on R13 Buffet Clarinets, a Jim Kanter “D” facing mouthpiece and Légère Signature Series European Cut Reeds.

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