2023 Chapman Stick Workshop
Don started his professional career on electric bass. He was one of the early adopters of the Stick and the very first adopter of the NS/Stick. Graduating from Condord High School (Wilmington, DE) in 1974, Don immediately proceeded to Las Vegas where he performed with Rosaline Kind (Barbra Stresand's half sister) at the Flamingo Hilton. When that gig ended he stayed in Las Vegas and for five months worked as a busboy at that same hotel. Retiring his napkin folding dish collecting abilities, he then worked as the house bassist for the Flamingo Hilton Showroom and later the Hilton showroom. Playing for the stars that performed in the showroom, he then became in demand by them to tour. He moved himself and family and pets to Los Angeles, California in 1977. There he got into recording sessions, film work, song writing and a little acting. He currently resides Napa, Ca. and concentrates mainly on writing and recording.
Don has worked with, wrote songs for or recorded with Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Elvin Bishop, Nia Peeples, Pam Tillis, Tully Winfield, Perry Como, Sheryl Crow, Dwight Yoakam, Raquel Welch, Frankie Avalon, Eddie Money, Lana Lane, Bobby Vinton, Herbie Hancock, Rocket Scientists, Al Green, The Diamonds, The Lettermen, The 5th Dimensions, Peggy Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Cliff Morrison, Vaughn Monroe, Buddy Morrow, Warren Covington, Ann-Margret, Shirley MacLaine and Ben Vereen, Petula Clark, Lou Christie, John Payne, Long John Baldry, Pat Benatar, and more...
This will be Don's first visit to Interlochen. It is long overdue and we are beyond delighted to have him this year.