Don Lewis | Blue Coast Music

Don Lewis


About Don Lewis

"Music is the most powerful way to inspire the human spirit."  - Don Lewis

DON LEWIS is a gifted musician and educator whose mission is to inspire and empower audiences to achieve their dreams. Whether presenting a solo concert or collaborating with other musicians and artists, Don's music brings a message of hope, respect, and community. Don began playing piano as a Dayton, Ohio high school student. Later, at Tuskegee Institute, he accompanied and sang with the Tuskegee Chorus and played for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Freedom Rallies.

Uniting his interest in engineering with his musical talent, Don became one of the pioneers in synthesizer use and technology. In 1974, he designed and in 1977 built a synthesizer system, Live Electronic Orchestra (LEO) that was an inspiration for Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), which will be displayed 2020-30 at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA.

Don has performed concerts worldwide and has appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras. As a studio artist, he has worked with such greats as Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendez, Billy Preston and Michael Jackson, in addition to opening for and touring with The Beach Boys. Don has also created scores for film and television productions including the award winning "Rainbow's End" and "Were You There" series featured on PBS. 

In addition he has scored commercials for such clients as Nissan, Pacific Telephone, and Digital Equipment Corp.

Don Lewis has recently released his latest CD through Blue Coast Music titled “The Amazing Voyage”.

Also an enthusiastic teacher, Lewis continues as a highly sought after educator, specializing in Gospel Music history, Multi-Media and Synthesizer Technology; having lectured at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and San Jose State. In 1987, Don combined his love of children, education and music to create Say “Yes” to Music! Since then, he has delighted thousands of students, teachers and school administrators across the United States and Canada with his inspiring musical interactive concerts.

Throughout the years Don has been a concert artist and consultant with an impressive list of musical instrument manufacturers including Hammond, Arp, Roland Corporation, Rodgers Instruments and Yamaha. 

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