Donald L. Kline, Sr., Volusia Community Symphony conductor
Mr. Kline holds a B.S. and M.Ed. from West Chester University with additional credits from University of the Arts and Vandercook University. He studied saxophone with Michael Guerra, a member of the faculty at the former Combs College and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Walter Gazda, and Jack Faith. He worked under the baton of several notable conductors including: Frederick Fennell, conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Walter Beeler, conductor of the Ithaca College Concert Band, and composer, arranger and clarinetist Lucien Calliet. Mr. Kline toured Europe under the baton of Sr. Fennell in the school Orchestra of America where he performed on double bass and alto saxophone.
Mr. Kline taught instrumental music in the North Penn School District for 34 years, spending 10 years as K-12 Music Department Head. He spent the majority of his career teaching at the middle school level, but also taught at both the elementary and high school levels. During his tenure, he was directly responsible for curriculum development in band, music theatre, and music technology and related fine arts at the middle school level. He was one of the founders of Buxmont Honors Band and the Middle School Jazz Band Festival circuit in the Buxmont area school districts. He helped to develop the adjudication system for middle school band and has been an adjudicator for over 25 years.
Over the length of his career he performed with numerous jazz-rock bands in the Philadelphia Area. He performed with the Briarwood Saxophone Quartet, the Del-Val Saxophone Quartet, and the Arlen Saylor Jazz Band at the Sunnybrook Ballroom, the Pennsylvania Swing Band, the Doylestown Heat, numerous pit orchestras, and the Montgomery County Concert Band where he served a personnel director for several years.
Mr. Kline tutored privately in saxophone technique and jazz improvisation for over 40 years. He has written arrangements and compositions for saxophone quartet, jazz band, marching band, concert band and orchestra. He has been published in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Journal. He currently is spends his time participating conducting the Volusia Community Symphony, performing with the VFW Community Band in Orlando, the Orlando Big Band, and the Blue Springs Saxophone Quartet. He performs as a soloist at retirement facilities in the area and is involved with the music program at First Congregational Church of Orange City.