Don is a graduate of the University of Dayton and received his masters degree from Wright State University. He taught music, primarily as a band director, for many years, first in the Huber Heights school district and then in Vandalia, retiring in 2004. He continues to stay active in education, guest teaching in area schools.
He has been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1962 and has been principal timpanist, his current position, since 1967. In addition to performing with the Philharmonic, he has extensive experience in a multitude of other musical venues including Dayton Opera, summer-theater, pit orchestras, circus bands, various professional concert bands and studio recording. He also freelances in both big band and combo groups in the area.
Don has been associated with the University of Dayton’s Continuing Education “New Horizons” band program since the fall of 2006, assisting with the NH Concert Band and directing the NH Jazz Band.
Interests outside of music include family time with wife Judy, daughters Stephanie and Leslie, grandson Jack, and son-in-law John. Don also enjoys reading and sports and is an avid golfer.