Conductor

Donald L. Kline Sr.

     Mr Kline is originally from south eastern Pennsylvania. He attended Hatboro-Horsham School District. He 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 and clarinet 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, former conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Walter Beeler, former conductor of the Ithaca College Concert Band, and composer, arranger and clarinetist Lucien Calliet. He had the privilege of playing double bass and alto saxophone under the baton of Frederick Fennel for a European tour with the School Orchestra of America.
     Mr Kline taught instrumental music in the North Penn School District, located between Philadelphia and Allentown Pennsylvania, for 34 years, spending 10 years as K-12 Music Department Head. Over the span of his public school career, Mr. Kline taught instrumental music at all grade levels. During his tenure, he was directly responsible for curriculum development in K-12 music, with emphasis on instrumental and choral music being an “academic subject” and not just a “frill” or a club. He was one of the founders of Bux-Mont Honors Band and the Middle School Jazz Band Festival circuit in the Bux-Mont area school districts.(Montgomery and Bucks County PA)  He helped to develop the adjudication system for middle school band and has been an adjudicator at various music festivals 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, 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 as personnel director for several years. Mr. Kline has performed with the Lower Merion Symphony and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony, both located near Philadelphia.
     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 pit orchestra. He is published in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Journal and is listed in Who’s Who in America’s Teachers. He is active in his church choir and has played and arranged for church instrumental ensembles.
     Mr. Kline and his wife moved to DeBary FL in June of 2014. They both really enjoy their new home.  He is participating in the VFW Community Concert Band in Orlando, he has organized the Blue Springs Saxophone Quartet and he is very excited about being “at the helm” of the VCS and working with such a fine group of players from all “walks of life”.