Don's college studies were in music education. After years in the show biz trenches as a trombonist in bands, then as a guitarist/singer in lounges, he found his true calling as emcee and show host for a large variety entertainment theater in Seattle. During that run he created and hosted his own live, lunchtime show
at the theater called "Don Martin's Open House".
Capping this era of his career, he was named Seattle's Musical Ambassador, and represented the city on tourism promotions on the West Coast.
Concurrent with all this activity, Don hosted a late-night radio show and did TV hosting work for KING radio and television, the local NBC affiliate. Through this connection, he was chosen to work as national announcer under Bob Barker for the Miss USA/Miss Universe pageant broadcasts.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Don joined the Grammy-nominated jazz group The L.A. Jazz Choir as foundational bass and show emcee. From this association he was recruited for the Caroling Company, and is now in his 24th season with that a cappella holiday ensemble.
As a studio voice, Don was featured for three years on KABC TalkRadio as a community reporter, and has been heard as commercial spokesman or narrator on video for countless entities, including the Nissan Corporation, Family Feud game show, the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Orange County Register, Santa Monica Bank, and as a reader for the Braille Institute's audio library.
Still an avid singer, Don's main focus is as a voice talent and show host. For an earful of his career behind the mic, click on the "artist's website" link.