Areas of Expertise: Applied Percussion; Percussion Pedagogy; Music Education
Don Fisher is a 1995 Summa cum Laude graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and earned his Master of Music Education degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009.
In April of 1996 he began working for the Williamsport Area School District as an instrumental music teacher and has taught 4-12th grade woodwind, brass and percussion, jazz band, percussion ensemble, other small ensembles, marching band and concert band. He began teaching as adjunct faculty at Lycoming College in 2002 teaching percussion methods and applied percussion. He has served as the President of PMEA District 8 and as clinician and adjudicator for Solo, Ensemble and Concert Band for Elementary through College level.
As a performer Don serves as Principal Percussion for the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and performs regionally as a freelance percussionist. Notable performances include Frankie Valli, Olivia Newton John and Davy Jones. Through his knowledge of acoustic and electronic percussion, he can be heard playing in many high school, collegiate, and professional musical pits. Don has also spent time in the recording studio performing, mixing, and mastering with fellow Lycoming Adjunct Faculty member, Tim Breon. Notable recordings include those by Don’s wife, Kristin Fisher, on the Fishmusic label.
In the community Don and Kristin serve as the directors of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at St. Boniface Church in Williamsport. They live in the Williamsport community where they have raised two children, Michael and Marcella.