Don Pride, Guitar and Composition
Guitarist and composer Don Pride has an extensive performance background and is noted for being able to play in a wide variety of styles. He is a professor of Music History and Music Theory at the University of Southern Maine School of Music and is also an associate professor at Saint Josephs College, where he teaches Music History and Guitar.
As a classical guitarist, he has presented concerts and recitals throughout the United States. He has played with both the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Chelsea Symphony in New York City. As a solo performer, Don is a featured artist for American Cruise Lines, whom he plays for all over the United States, Canada and Cuba, and has played for such people as Gene Hackman and George Bush. As a jazz guitarist, Don is a member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra and leads The Don Pride Jazz Quartet. Don also leads the The Don Pride Band, a musical organization that has played numerous concerts, functions and festivals over its over 25-year history. Don also played lead guitar for American Idol artist Clay Aikin on his Christmas tours. He has released two albums under his own name and has appeared on several recordings by others, including most recently Mark Tipton and the Portland Jazz Orchestra.
Don holds two Masters in Composition and Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Maine. He attended graduate studies in classical guitar at both New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music and has a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern Maine. Don has studied privately with distinguished guitarists Eliot Fisk, David Leisner, Mark Delpriora, Gary Wittner, Keith Crook, and Tony Gabouri. He has studied composition with Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Charles Fussell as well as Elliott Schwartz, Dan Sonenberg, Nancy Gunn and Mark Scearce.