Saxophonist Dan Craven teaches music on central Vancouver Island, and brings the benefit of extensive performance experience to his students. A 2001 recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, he is an educator who has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with top musicians like Phil Dwyer, Arnie Chycoski, Ian McDougall, P.J. Perry, Don Thompson, John McDermott, Campbell Ryga, Mike Herriott, and many others. In 2007 Dan joined Phil Dwyer's Sax Summit, which first launched in 2002 with the release of Sax Summit on CBC Records, and has recurred in various incarnations throughout the country since then.
Dan currently performs with both The Arrowsmith Big Band and a West Coast influenced octet, Project 8. Recent projects of note include the Boss Tenors "Unsafe Sax" tour in 2014, and the Big Bossa, celebrating Jobim's extensive library. Dan has performed frequently around Canada's West from Victoria to Fort Nelson, is the Artistic Director of the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre, and has served the local jazz community as clinician, honour band conductor and guest performer at the Comox Valley Big Band Challenge.
1968 Mark VI with Gwind HR 10
Early Balanced Action Alto with Gwind NYM7
Holton Soprano with SS Soloist D