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Nathan Cassels was born in Montreal in 1903. When he was a child, his family moved to Toronto. He studied clarinet with Mr. Glass and performed with the Russian Juvenile Concert Band for two years. He left school after grade three and started working as a plumber at age thirteen. He played clarinet with the 110th Regimental Band during the First World War. His music career spanned sixty years. He moved to Detroit in 1926 because of the many big band opportunities. He returned to Toronto in the 1930s, where he played with the Romanelli Band for eighteen years and freelanced as a studio musician. He later divided his time between work as a travelling textile salesman and musician. He was married and had one daughter, who was born in 1937.