Don Platter Brief Biography
I started playing clarinet in the fourth grade, at age 9. Three years later, I ‘experimented’
with the alto saxophone and found that I could play it relatively easily, due to my
background in clarinet. By the time I was in high school, I was playing professionally on
both clarinet and saxophone in a dance band organized by a fellow student.
When I was in ninth grade, my parents allowed me to apply for acceptance into the All-
State Band program at Interlochen, to which I was accepted. I attended All-State sessions
for the following four summers and continued on to become a counselor and unit leader
at Interlochen for the following four summers.
I received my Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1971
where I was Solo Clarinetist in both the Symphonic Band and the Symphony Orchestra.
My first formal flute training came at that time, under the tutelege of Rodney Hill.
My Master of Arts was granted from Teacher’s College of Columbia University in 1974,
where I attended classes at the same time as my membership in the West Point Band.
I was a member of the West Point Band from 1971 to 1974, the Detroit Concert Band
from 1984 to 1991, the Warren Concert Band (Warren, Michigan) from 1981 to the
present, and am a retired Band Director from Warren Consolidated Schools (Warren,
Happily, I am in demand as a private instructor on clarinet, flute, and saxophone, as well
as adjudications of solos, small ensembles, bands and orchestras and various scholarship
competitions and auditions. I also frequently present clinics for woodwinds and bands in
many of the Southeast Michigan area schools and am a frequent woodwind player in pit
orchestras for various musical theatre productions. On occasion, I serve as substitute
clarinetist in some of our local symphony orchestras.
I am an Emeritus member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and
an active member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians. I was on the adjunct faculty of
Rochester College from 2004- 2007 specifically to develop a Concert Band on that
campus and to teach applied woodwind lessons.
I am currently an adjunct faculty member of Wayne State University’s Music
Department, where I teach the woodwinds secondary instrument class for music
education majors and applied clarinet lessons to music education clarinet students.
My private studio in my home is fully equipped with both recording equipment and a full
library of method books, solos, sight reading literature and other teaching aids.