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Dahlke-Smith, Beverly (1954-Present)

She is a multi-instrumentalist born Beverly Dahlke in Wausau, Wisconsin, who is known for her performances on the bassoon, clarinet, flute, piccolo and saxophone.  She studied in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s music program after graduating from high school in 1972.  She went on to earn a degree in classical baritone saxophone at North Texas State University.

Having been heard with many bands during her career, often in the field of jazz, she has performed with Les Brown, George Graham, Tom Kubis Big Band and the Louis Baranger Brass Band.

Performing in the recording studio as a session musician with many artists, in many genres of music, she has been heard playing with John Debney, Buddy Greco, Michelle Shocked, Greg Smith, and Dwight Yoakam among others.

She has also appeared on countless albums that include Floridays by Jimmy Buffett , Vinyl Confessions by Kansas, Sings the Rosemary Songbook by Bette Midler and If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger by Bruce Willis just to mention a few.  Making appearances on the television, she featured on The Late Show as an actress and musician in 1986.

Here’s Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt singing “Sisters” from the album Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Songbook which Beverly performs on…