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Geneva grad Cantwell still studying jazz

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:21 p.m. CDT
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Brandon Cantwell

Brandon Cantwell, a 2013 Geneva High School graduate featured for his music-making prowess, reports that he is continuing his jazz studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I’m still a jazz major,” Cantwell, 19, of Geneva said. “I’m just about to wrap up my freshman year.”

The Kane County Chronicle is looking back at recent high school graduates who have been featured in its annual series over the past few years.

Cantwell was profiled in 2013.

While continuing his jazz studies, Cantwell also is playing in several ensembles both on and off campus.

“I’m playing in outside groups. I’m working with this one kid, a rapper, who is also a freshman, so I’ve been playing more hip hop,” Cantwell said. “It’s a new thing for me, playing more electric bass. I’m trying to become more versatile as a bass player.”

When he comes home for the summer, Cantwell said he plans to keep playing with other jazz groups to continue honing his craft.

Cantwell said he also will reconnect with a local indie band, Fargo, made up of other Geneva High School grads. 

“We actually have our next gig booked May 23 in Madison,” Cantwell said. “We’ll be playing at the Majestic Theater with a pretty well-known band called Atlas Sound. That will be a pretty big one for us.”

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