Don started playing bass guitar in a real garage band at age 14 and picked up the acoustic guitar shortly after. He played in rock bands and a jazz quartet through high school. Don also sat 1st chair trumpet in orchestra and 1st chair French horn in band in his Great Falls, Montana high school.
Don studied music composition at the University of Montana for one year under the watchful eye of Eugene Weigel, then moved to New Delhi, India where he studied sitar at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, India?s national music school.
He returned to college to study science and medicine. When money ran out, he hit the bars---with his guitar, working several nights a week to fund his education.
Music continued to be a private and public passion while he built his career as a doctor of natural medicine. The fire was rekindled in 2011 when he attended the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop in Bigfork, Montana, and studied with Doug Smith, Grammy-winning acoustic finger style guitarist and teacher. In 2012 , at "the Crown", he studied with Nashville singer/songwriter Tim Ryan, and began writing many more original songs. In 2013, he returned to "the Crown" for a songwriting workshop with Bret Bower, Mac McAnally, and Livingston Taylor. Don now plays regularly at venues near his home in Bigfork.