London Silas Shavers
 | Northwest MS Community College


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A D'Addario Woodwinds player since 1992.

London-Silas Shavers is Professor of Fine Arts at Northwest Mississippi Community College and an Endorsing Artist/Clinician for Backun Musical Services, Ltd., P. Mauriat Saxophones, and D’Addario Woodwinds Products. In addition to his teaching, festival adjudication, and ensemble conducting throughout the Greater Memphis area, Shavers performs throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician, and is an active clarinet and saxophone clinician, recitalist, and composer. Shavers has been the featured soloist with the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, Dyersburg State College Symphony Orchestra, University of Memphis Symphonic Band, Rhodes College Orchestra, Northwest Mississippi Community College Symphonic Winds, and various youth symphonies and elite high school orchestral and wind ensemble festival programs across the country.

As an ardent proponent of music by living composers, Shavers has participated in multiple consortiums to commission new works and has also premiered works by North American composers David Maslanka, Bill Douglas, and Gary Schocker. Shavers holds degrees from Valparaiso University (B.M.Ed), Western Michigan University, (M.Mus), and has completed additional graduate studies at the University of Memphis. His principal clarinet teachers include Karen Woodworth, Denise Chigas-Kirkland, Bradley Wong, and James Gholson.

Shavers performs exclusively on custom clarinets, bells, and barrels made by master designer Morrie Backun, P. Mauriat Model 86 Soprano and Alto Saxophones, the London Silas Shavers Artist clarinet mouthpiece, and D’Addario Reserve Classic Clarinet reeds and Reserve Saxophone reeds.

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