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Don Pride is currently pursuing a Masters degree in composition at USM. The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra premiered his first major piece for orchestra, One Breath, in May 2004. He received a grant for this work from the American Music Center in New York City.  Pride also maintains an active performance schedule as a classical guitarist and has presented concerts and recitals throughout the United States. Pride played lead guitar as part of Clay Aiken's band in 2006 and 2007. He currently teaches guitar at St. Josephís College and was formerly head of the guitar department at the University of Maine at Farmington. Pride has studied privately with distinguished guitarists Eliot Fisk, David Leisner, Mark Delpriora, Keith Crook, and Tony Gabouri. He has studied composition with Pulitzer Prize nominated composer Charles Fussell as well as Elliott Schwartz, Dan Sonenberg and Mark Scearce. Pride graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with his bachelorís degree in Classical Guitar Performance and pursued further graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music in New York City and New England Conservatory in Boston.
 

Compositions

Surprise!, small jazz combo (1985)
Slow Moving Fog, small jazz combo (1986)
In the Midst of It All, small jazz combo (1987)
Jehoahaz, electric guitar, bass and drums (1990)
He Will Bring Me Through, electric guitar, bass and drums (1991)
Don Pride, a collection of songs, voice and acoustic & electric guitar (1991) [lyrics: Don Pride]
The 49th Parallel, electric guitar, bass and drums (1991) [music inspired by the film]
As If I Didnít Already Know, acoustic guitar (1991)
Flying Without a Parachute, acoustic & electric guitar and bass (1992)
No Secrets, a collection of songs, voice and acoustic & electric guitar (1993) [lyrics: Don Pride]
Seven Year Blues, voice, 2 trumpets, alto sax, tenor sax, 2 guitars, bass guitar and drums (1995)
Summer Morning, tenor, cello and classical guitar (2002) [text: Don Pride}
String Quartet No. 1 (2002)
Revenge of the Arachnids, flute, clarinet and violin (2003)
Essaie Encore Une Fois, classical guitar (2003)
String Quartet No. 2 (2003)
Silence in 1-4 Movements for Wind Quintet and 2 Cell Phones (2003)
One Breath, orchestra (2004)
The Seven Deadly Sins, flute, clarinet, bassoon and classical guitar (2005)
The Call, vocal, soprano sax, piano, 2 guitars and bass drums (2007) [text: Don Pride]
Renew My Mind, voice, tenor sax, 2 guitars, piano, bass and drums (2007) [text: Don Pride]
Powerful Stuff, chorus and contemporary worship team (2007) [text: Don Pride]
Yea Though I Walk, chorus and contemporary worship team (2008) [text: from Psalms]
I Love It, chorus and contemporary worship team (2008) [text: Don Pride]
Sing, chorus and contemporary worship team (2008) [text: Don Pride]
Nightmare, rock ensemble (2009) [lyrics: Don Pride]
Dream Stepper, small jazz combo (2009)
Profit and Loss, cantata, tenor voice and 2 percussion (2010) [text: from Ecclesiastes]
The Declaration of Independence, tenor, flute, bassoon and piano (2010) [text: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams]
Afghanistan, chamber orchestra (2010)
Chaos, soprano and piano (2011) [text: John Ashbury]
Chingachgook, classical guitar (2011)

 

Works by Genre

Orchestra
One Breath, orchestra (2004)
Afghanistan, chamber orchestra (2010)

Choral
Powerful Stuff, chorus and contemporary worship team (2007) [text: Don Pride]
Yea Though I Walk, chorus and contemporary worship team (2008) [text: from Psalms]
I Love It, chorus and contemporary worship team (2008) [text: Don Pride]
Sing, chorus and contemporary worship team (2008) [text: Don Pride]

Jazz Combos
Surprise!, small jazz combo (1985)
Slow Moving Fog, small jazz combo (1986)
In the Midst of It All, small jazz combo (1987)
Dream Stepper, small jazz combo (2009)

Chamber
Jehoahaz, electric guitar, bass and drums (1990)
He Will Bring Me Through, electric guitar, bass and drums (1991)
The 49th Parallel, electric guitar, bass and drums (1991) [music inspired by the film]
Flying Without a Parachute, acoustic & electric guitar and bass (1992)
String Quartet No. 1 (2002)
Revenge of the Arachnids, flute, clarinet and violin (2003)
String Quartet No. 2 (2003)
Silence in 1-4 Movements for Wind Quintet and 2 Cell Phones (2003)
The Seven Deadly Sins, flute, clarinet, bassoon and classical guitar (2005)

Solo Instrument
As If I Didnít Already Know, acoustic guitar (1991)
Essaie Encore Une Fois, classical guitar (2003)
Chingachgook, classical guitar (2011)

Vocal
Don Pride, a collection of songs, voice and acoustic & electric guitar (1991) [lyrics: Don Pride]
No Secrets, a collection of songs, voice and acoustic & electric guitar (1993) [lyrics: Don Pride]
Seven Year Blues, voice, 2 trumpets, alto sax, tenor sax, 2 guitars, bass guitar and drums (1995)
Summer Morning, tenor, cello and classical guitar (2002) [text: Don Pride}
The Call, vocal, soprano sax, piano, 2 guitars and bass drums (2007) [text: Don Pride]
Renew My Mind, voice, tenor sax, 2 guitars, piano, bass and drums (2007) [text: Don Pride]
Nightmare, rock ensemble (2009) [lyrics: Don Pride]
Profit and Loss, cantata, tenor voice and 2 percussion (2010) [text: from Ecclesiastes]
The Declaration of Independence, tenor, flute, bassoon and piano (2010) [text: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams]
Chaos, soprano and piano (2011) [text: John Ashbury]
 

Streaming Audio
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Recordings
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Video
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