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by: contributed photo, Daniel Swayze plays the clarinet as well as the piano.

Everybody wins this month as Daniel Swayze, 17-year-old senior at City Christian High School in Portland, plays around with his senior project.

Swayze, a gifted classical pianist and clarinet player, wants volunteer work in his senior project, and to fulfill that goal he will play concerts for local senior homes.

'He is so good,' said Gresham resident and beautician Ray King, 'that I told him I would set up concerts for him here in Gresham.'

'The thing about Daniel is how much he loves what he's doing. He was born to be a musician,' says his mother, Barbara Swayze of Gresham.

As a result, Daniel Swayze will give two concerts on Sunday, Nov. 5. The first is at 3 p.m. at Powell Vista Manor, 4125 S.E. 182nd Ave., and the second is at 7 p.m. at Gresham Manor, 2895 E. Powell Blvd. The public is invited to attend both concerts, as well as a 3 p.m. concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Mattie Younkin Manor, 2400 N.E. 27th St., in Gresham. Staff members at Powell Vista Manor warn that parking is limited.

Daniel came late to music, said his father, Bruce, of Portland, beginning about four years ago with the clarinet and moving to the piano nine months later. He was mostly self-taught for his first two years and did not have a formal piano lesson until August 2005. Throughout the year he performs with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland and is currently principal clarinetist in both the symphonic band and orchestra.

'It has been an absolute whirlwind of excitement,' Bruce said. 'Four years ago he hadn't touched a piano.'

Since Daniel Swayze took up music, he has toured parts of Europe, won prizes in classic and romantic festivals and was named winner of the annual Oregon Music Teacher's Association scholarship competition. Last summer he studied with acclaimed pianists at the Britt Piano Institute in Ashland. He has two CD recordings to his credit as well as an original composition.

Daniel Swayze, his father says, is looking at colleges to continue his music studies.

Reporter Sharon Nesbit can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 503-492-5120.