Don entertains audiences with piano music and a vocal style that people love. His style blends a lifetime of classical study with contemporary improvisation to create arrangements of popular classics, jazz standards, and renowned love songs. Don graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Vocal and General Music. He later went on to study in Norfolk at the Navy School of Music and graduated "Top in his Class" as a Keyboard player/Vocalist. After graduation he spent the next five years touring with the Navy Band entertaining through out Australia, Japan, the Phillipines and the eastern United States while based out of Newport, Rhode Island. He and his group were featured on television shows, and entertained dignitaries including the Vice President of the United States. Don has served as a Band Director in Altoona Wisconsin since leaving the service. He has written and arranged music for band that is published on the Really Good Music site.
Don's repertoire includes a wide variety of music including the show tunes of Broadway & Classic to Modern Jazz. Such artists as the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Richard Rodgers & Chick Corea. Don also plays current songs by Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Edwin McCain, Josh Groban, Bryan Adams, Bruce Hornsby, Billy Joel, Elton John, the Beatles, Lionel Richie, Bread among others. He also does acoustic guitar tunes by Jack Johnson, Don McLean, Dan Fogelberg, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, the Eagles and more. His keyboard allows him to do piano as well as guitar tunes so they sound authentic to the original.
Don provides music for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, dinner parties - social gatherings of all types and sizes.
High School Reunions
Wedding Cocktail Hours
A Horse With no NameAmerica
A Woman's LoveAlan Jackson
Ain't Misbehavin'Fats Walker
Ain't no Sunshine When She's GoneBill Withers
All I Ask of Youfrom Phantom Of The Opera
All of MeSimons & Marks
Always a Woman to MeBillie Joel
Always on my MindWillie Nelson
American PieDon McLean
And I Love HerLennon & McCartney
Annie's SongJohn Denver
Arthur's ThemeChristopher Cross
Autumn LeavesJohnny Mercer
Ave MariaJosh Groban
Baby I Love Your WayPeter Frampton
Baby I'm a Want YouDavid Gates
Black OrpheusLouis Bonfi
Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
Canon in DPachabel
Can't Help Falling in LoveElvis Presley
Colour My WorldChicago
Could I Have this Dancefrom Urban Cowboy Ann Murray
Dock of the BayOtis Redding
DreamThe Everly Brothers
Dust in the WindKansas
Father and SonCat Stevens
Feed JakePirates of the Mississippi
Fire and RainJames Taylor
Georgia on My MindH. Carmichall
God Bless the ChildBillie Holiday
God Bless the USALee Greenwood
God Gave Me YouBlake Shelton
Great Balls of FireJerry Lee Lewis
Hotel CaliforniaThe Eagles
I Could Not Ask for MoreEdwin McCain
I Cross My HeartGeorge Strait
I Loved Her FirstHeartland
I SwearJohn Michael Montgomery
I Wanna Make it With YouDavid Gates
I'd Really Love to See You TonightEngland Dan & John Ford Coley
If You Could Read My Mind LoveGordon Lightfoot
If You Don't Know Me By NowSimply Red
It Was Almost Like a SongRonnie Milsap
It's Going to Take Some TimeCarpenters
It's Too LateJoni Mitchell
Jesu, Joy of Man's DesiringJ. S. Bach
Just the Way You AreBillie Joel
Killing Me SoftlyGladys Knight
Leader of the BandDan Folgelberg
Looks Like We Made ItBarry Manilow
Lush LifeBillie Stayhorn
Lyin' EyesThe Eagles
Mack the KnifeWeill & Butzstein
Me and YouKenny Chesney
MeditationAntonio Carlos Jobim
MichelleLennon & McCartney
More Than WordsExtreme
Morning Has BrokenCat Stevens
My Eyes Adored YouFranky Vally
My Favorite ThingsRichard Rodgers - from the Sound of Music
Classically trained by a member of the Minneapolis Piano Guild.Continued study at the University of Minnesota, followed by the Navy School of music in Little Creek, Virginia.
Wedding Cocktail Hour in Eau Claire, WI on 02/18/2012
"Don played for our daughter's wedding reception during dinner service. All of our guests, both young and old, told us over and over again how wonderful it was to have live entertainment. Don also was gracious enough to say a prayer for the couple when our minister was unable to make the reception. His announcement of the bride and groom and the rest of the bridal party was a perfect start to a great reception. His music was upbeat and covered a wide range of styles and eras. Lastly, Don went above and beyond to fit us into his schedule. Kudos to a true professional! We are thankful that you could help make for a very memorable day."
- Kathie K.
Holiday Party in Rochester, MN on 12/15/2012
"Don was great! Showed up early. His piano and vocal skills are amazing, we still have friends talking about our party. Don is very easy to communicate with and also very accommodating. Our piano never sounded so good! Thanks Don!"
In addition to Altoona, Don Crane will also travel to Eau Claire, Fall Creek, Chippewa Fls, Chippewa Falls, Elk Mound, Rock Falls, Eleva, Strum, Cadott, Augusta, Mondovi, Colfax, Jim Falls, Modena, Osseo, Bloomer, Boyd, Downsville, Menomonie, Gilmanton
and many other locations in and around the Altoona area.
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