Sheldon is one of Saskatchewan’s most active freelance musicians, in demand as a saxophone and keyboard player and teacher in genres ranging from jazz and blues through world music, children’s entertainment and classical to pop and rock. His forty-year professional career has encompassed work in television, radio, dance, the recording studio and the theatre.
A lifelong Saskatonian (and unofficial ‘Mayor of Nutana’), Sheldon was born into a musical family: his mom played piano and his dad played saxophone, and there were numerous talented aunts and uncles as well. With their inspiration and the foundation provided by his private teachers and the band programs at John Lake School and Aden Bowman Collegiate, Sheldon carried on his musical education to the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated with a B.Mus in theory-composition in 1980, including a year of study at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
In addition to playing for The Notations and Kids of Note, Sheldon regularly works with a number of notable local musicians and groups, including Solstice, BC Read, Don Griffith, Absofunkinlutely, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, and many others. He is also the musical director of Kinsmen Telemiracle. In 2012, he received the Special Recognition Award from the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.
Sheldon gratefully acknowledges the support of his wonderful family and his talented colleagues in his efforts to maintain a musical career in Saskatoon. He considers it a great privilege to continue to work and learn in his chosen field and plans to keep having fun making music for many years to come.