Gavin Templeton is a Los Angeles based saxophonist, woodwind player, composer and educator. Gavin spent his formative years in Reno, Nevada. He began studying classical violin at five years old, but switched to the alto saxophone a few years later. His saxophone teacher introduced him to the music of Charlie Parker, which deeply affected him. Gavin felt an instant affinity with bebop music. He memorized Parker tunes and performed them for friends, family, and at his saxophone teacher’s gigs when he would be invited up to the bandstand. Gavin's professional career began in his teens. He played weekly hits at local venues and eventually found himself on stage backing visiting artists such as Wayne Newton and The Temptations. These experiences fueled his desire to continue studying music. He enrolled in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.
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“Los Angeles saxophone phenomenon” –– RobertBush, San Diego Reader