Don Kappaert first tried guitar when he was very young. Eventually, his parents encouraged him to join band instead. He tried clarinet and could not stop thinking about that guitar. He loved it. As time went on, he went about his life as most people do. He works at John Deere as an IT manager, runs triathlons, does woodworking, kayaks, bikes, swims, and anything else that keeps him moving. His passion for acoustic guitar was reinvigorated and he encouraged his two sons to take guitar lessons. About a year and a half ago, after they had lost interest, he decided to take out his very first guitar and have at it. "I'm finishing a challenge...I know I can do it if I work hard enough." So he enrolled with lessons with Dana Starkell.
Don's passion and hard work is why we have nominated him for Musician of the Month. Every week, he shows up a half hour to an hour early to practice in the hall or in a studio or wherever he can sit and play. It's truly amazing. Even with a full time job at John Deere, running five miles every day and everything else he does on the daily, he still manages to find time to practice at least an hour and a half each day, and on weekends up to three hours in a day!
When asked what his advice to other musicians is, he responded with "You just gotta love it. If you don't love it, don't do it."
His musical goals are to really focus on the musicality and "Go as far as I can as fast as I can." He is incredibly driven and his favorite part is learning the bare bones of a song or a technique and turning it into a song. He finds it easy and worth while to find time to practice because he sees how all of it pays off.
"With the energy and curiosity of a teenager his 1/2 hour lesson seems to fly by in about five minutes. Don’s a shining example of what can be achieved with true determination and passion. Within a relatively short amount of time he has gone from beginner to musician."