Classical Guitarist
Donn received his first guitar at age 5, and began studying classical guitar at age 12, though he quickly gravitated to playing in bands in his teen years (including bands that have opened for world-famous music acts, including The Jimi Hendrix Experience). In the 1990s, he played in country bands that shared the stage with such artists as Martina McBride and Blackhawk.

Throughout Donn's professional career, he continued to pursue his interest and passion with the classical guitar. Donn has studied with renowned classical guitarist/teachers
Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo (currently professor of guitar at Southern Mississippi State University), Dr. Adam Holzman (NAXOS label recording artist and founder and department chair of the classical guitar department at The University of Texas at Austin), and Dr. Matthew Hinsley, executive director of the Austin Classical Guitar Society, where Donn served as a board member from 2004 through 2006.

In addition, he has had lessons with lutenist and Grammy-Award winner
Ronn McFarlane, virtuoso Ana Vidovic, and former Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Competition winner, Mary Ackerman. Donn is also a member of Allegro Austin, a classical guitar and flute ensemble performing music from across the centuries for public and private events.


About Donn's Music
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Church Musician
Donn began participating as a church musician in junior high school in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he sang in the choir for Grace Brethren Church. While in high school, he and three other church/high school friends formed the Christian folk/gospel music quartet, The Young People, performing in churches around south Florida and at revivals and conferences around the state of Florida. A former lead guitarist with praise and worship bands, Donn now performs classical guitar arrangements of sacred music and traditional hymns in houses of worship around the country.

Composer
Donn's entry into composing began in 2005 when he was commissioned by a disaster relief organization affiliiated with Samaritan's Purse to provide the classical guitar soundtrack to a short video that documented how the relief organization helped rebuild lives and homes in the devastated areas of southern Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He was later encouraged by Mary Ackerman, former Guitar Foundation of America International Competition winner, to develop his talent for original composition for the classical guitar. Today, every one of Donn's performances include several of his melodic and memorable original pieces of music as sonic impressions of the Christian faith.

Music Samples and Performance Reviews
Listen to samples of Donn's classical guitar arrangements and read what others are saying about his worship service performances.