Donnie Smith is a Proud American from Niagara Falls, N.Y. raised in Texas & Florida. Currently residing in Massachusetts. I've loved music since a young age and taught myself in the beginning by playing along to the radio (33’s - 45’s) 8~Tracks & Cassettes if you remember them, lol.. I attended
Pinellas County Center for the Arts
St Petersburg Florida. (1986-1989) Majoring in Percussion, Keyboard and Theory. My teachers in school were, percussion: David Grissom; Keyboards: Robert Winslow; Theory: Ted Knight and David Pate. Soon after school I joined the band Halifax and shared a warehouse with (Savatage / Trans Siberian Orchestra) I had the amazing experience of getting drum lessons from Dr. Kill Drums Steve Wacholz. I have also gotten drum pointers from Steve Asheim of Deicide and Gumbi of Al Di Meola. I've also studied vocal lessons with Al Koehn for 5+ years. I have had the Pleasure of meeting and working with artists such as Midnight of Crimson Glory and Matt Kramer of Saigon Kick.
Current Gear: Gibson & Ovation guitars. Fender Amplification. Ernie Ball Electric & Martin Acoustic strings. Ludwig Drums, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, DW-5000 Pedals,Vic-Firth Drum sticks. Blue & Sure Mic’s. Korg Triton 88 Keyboard.
Project's I've been in: Halifax, Still-Born, Destiny, Bad Intentions, The Whirled, Surge-Jury, Soul Purpose, Gallows Hill, Lovin-Kry, Red-Hot, Drop360, Madison's Grove & Music Dragon®
Achievements: I won my first talent contest in the 4th grade at Ford elementary in spring Texas playing drums for quite a large audience k-4. I then won a few more in the 6th & 7th grade. I was a finalist for the 1999 & 2000 Guitar Center Drum-Off Boston. Appeared on Real Rock TV-WAAF with Drop 360 (2001.)
Thank you So much to all my Family and Friends that have helped me come this far and to all the Fans for supporting Music Dragon®, truly Real Music from the Heart and Life’s experiences..
Donnie Smith - Member of BMI
Back To The Cave!!
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Music Dragon® Artwork Concept by: Donald Smith copyright 2002© Sketch done by George Lavigne. Digital Artwork by Jeff Homan. “Sad Dirty Night” was sent from Tonos to the A&R Dropbox for MCA records!
Music Dragon's® been jammin Venues, Clubs, VFW benefit shows, Bike runs and private parties since 2000! Capturing that magic of playing all your favorite songs and originals! Musicians that have blazed the stage: Donnie Smith, Lou & Paul DeSouza, Bob Massey, Nelson Silveira & Mark Shadrick.