Don Platter’s    Music Studio
Don Platter   Studio,  Rochester  Hills,    Michigan
A little about me...
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, I applied 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, being a member of both the band and orchestra 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.

Following my graduation from Eastern Michigan,  I enlisted in the U.S. Army, where I had won a position with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, where I served for three years and a rank of Specialist Six.

My Master of Arts degree 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 also a retired Band Director from Warren Consolidated Schools (Warren, Michigan).  

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 and Wayne State University from 2007- 2015, where I taught Woodwind Pedagogy and applied Clarinet lessons.

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.