Lone saxophonist Dustin Finer packed the punch of a sax quartet with a quarter of the people by using his looper. -McGill Tribune
Dustin Finer is a Montreal-based saxophonist and teacher. Dustin grew up in Vermont where he began playing the saxophone at age nine. Throughout middle and high school Dustin studied with Michael Zsoldos and Fred Haas. Under their mentorship Dustin showed early promise, winning top chairs in both the Vermont All State Concert Band and the All New England Concert Band.
Dustin studied Saxophone Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the legendary Abe Kestenberg and inimitable Dr. Jacqueline Leclair. While at McGill, he was a recipient of the Angela C. Kramer Memorial Award in Music (2012) which is awarded by the Schulich School of Music Scholarship Committee to an outstanding undergraduate student. He graduated with Distinction for Outstanding Achievement in Saxophone (2014).
Since 2014, Dustin has performed with DF, a duo with friend and collaborator Daniel Freder. Described as “the 21stcentury lovechild of a basement jazz club, a campfire, and an Eastern European painter’s loft-studio,” (Leacock’s) Dustin composes and performs original works for saxophone and looper and Dan designs, builds, and programs light installations which react to music in real-time. DF has been showcased in Nuit Blanche, the One Man Band Festival, Pop Montreal, and Ottawa New Music Creators. They recently gave a talk at TEDxYouth Montreal. DF often explores immersive and interactive performances, including a show in a Giant Blanket Fort.
With over a decade of experience, Dustin has a passion for teaching saxophone to all ages and ability levels.
A reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces, Dustin spent three summers (2013-2015) playing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard where he was a musical section leader. He is a member of Les Fusilier Mont-Royal. He performs with their concert band, saxophone quartet, and marching band in Montreal and the surrounding region.