Don Fisher is the Director of Athletic Bands at Simpson College. He oversees both the Marching and Pep Bands on campus as well as actively recruits instrumental music students for the Department of Music. Previously, he taught instrumental music at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. He regularly guest conducts for area clinics, honor bands, and masterclasses across the Southwest Iowa region. He is a native of Saint Charles, IL and most recently graduated with his Masters in Conducting from Eastern Illinois University.
He started his teaching career at the ROWVA Community School District near Peoria, IL and taught 5-12 band and Kindergarten music. While at ROWVA, he led the Marching Tigers to a number of placements in various competitions across the state. While living in Galesburg, IL, he and his wife, River, enjoyed participating in community musical theatre where his most memorable role was playing “Igor” in Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of “Young Frankenstein”.
Don has continued his musical theatre career in Council Bluffs where he has been on stage with a number of productions with the Chanticleer Community Theatre and playing in the pit orchestra for The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley, Nebraska.
Don currently resides in Council Bluffs, IA with his wife and two dogs (Inga and Igor). He holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors’ National Association, the Iowa Bandmasters’ Assocation, and the National Association for Music Education.