The Dallas Pianist
In 1975 the opportunity arose for Don Reasons to travel with several Contemporary Christian Musicians. For the next few years, Don performed in concert with such artists as ReGeneration, Doug Oldham (as his pianist), The Speers and The Imperials.
The magnificent Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas became Don's musical home from 1983 until 1993. It was during that time that Don Reasons conducted the 1985 Miss Nebraska Pageant Orchestra and served as musical director for RCA Victor recording artist, John Gary. Once again on the road, Don performed with trios, big-bands, and orchestras around the country.
In performances from Maine to the West coast, Don Reasons has shared the stage with such entertainers as Andy Williams, Peter Marshall, Lawrence Welk, Pat Boone, John Gary, and Foster Brooks. Along the way, Don was also guest conductor of the Conejo Valley Symphony in Thousand Oaks, California and conducted the Baltimore Symphony Pops in two performances.
Don Reasons first began teaching when his high school science teacher asked him to give her daughter music lessons. Within a year, the ninth grader had a studio of twenty private piano students. In 1976, Don began teaching beginner classes and eventually set-up his private piano classes in several West Tennessee public schools.
While still performing, Don occasionally teaches adults in his one-day piano class. In this one-day class, he teaches adults the "tricks of the trade" used by professional pianists. Don began teaching these "short-cuts" in a class setting back in 1973, while still in college. Don also presents a similar 3-day organ seminar around the country for Kawai America.
Currently, Don serves with the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas, serves on the board of Disciples Of The Holy Trinity (a 501c3 charity) and is president of the historic Dallas Organ Society.
According to recent reports, approximately 54 cents of every dollar earned in the U.S. today
is gobbled up by state and federal tax collectors, and apparently that still isn't enough
to comfort educate and nurture the dreams of the wretched.
- Ken Hamblin