Deane Nesbitt Jr.

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Deane Nesbitt Jr. (A.R. Deane Nesbitt) is a Canadian composer, recording artist and film score writer [1] . His music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across North America. An American reviewer, Phil Maq, has given the Philby Award to Deane’s two most recent CDs, Music in Search of a Movie and Soundtracks in the Sand, for being among the 100 best CDs of 2015 and 2019, respectively. He also classified them respectively as Best Dramatic Music of 2015 and Best Instrumental Album, Best World Album and Best String Arrangements of 2019. Deane’s music has been performed in Toronto at Massey Hall, Nathan Phillips Square and the Canadian National Exhibition by the Canada Pops Orchestra. It has also been performed at St. James Cathedral in Toronto by The Royal Regiment of Canada in a special concert in tribute to the veterans of World War I, entitled Till the Boys Come Home. Deane’s compositions are the soundtracks for two recent short films, Change for Chimps, featuring Jane Goodall, and Legacy of War, featuring veterans of World War II and original film footage from the war. Deane plays the piano and other keyboards entirely by ear and does not read music. In his twenties, he regularly entertained people with visual impairments with his piano playing. Using the raised keys as a type of Braille, he found he could teach piano to those in the audience who were interested. His first album, On the Black Keys and by Ear, was produced to raise money for the blind. After his first album, Deane entertained repeatedly in Europe, where he met and played for Hollywood legend, Greta Garbo.

Law and Business

Deane started his career as a lawyer, practising commercial law first with a firm and then on his own. He was also involved with the investment business, co-founded an investment management firm and wrote an award-winning illustrated history, Dry Goods & Pickles, The Story of Nesbitt, Thomson (now BMO Nesbitt Burns).[2]

He has served as a director on 16 boards, 7 of them health-related, and presently is a member of The Brady Urological Institute Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Firm believers of the many benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), Deane and cofounder Daniel Gericke have now organized a company, Gericke-Nesbitt Inc.[3], to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy to patients. It also plans to participate in research to see if HBOT can be an effective treatment for more than the 14 conditions officially recognized as being helped by HBOT. The facility is to open in Oakville, Ontario, in early 2021.

Personal Life

Deane has degrees in Arts and in Law from McGill University and a certificate from the Owner-President Management Program, Harvard Business School. He was born in Montreal and now lives in Toronto. A family man, his other interests have included hiking, kayaking, landscape painting, photography and flying.

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