The Don Lawrence Orchestra:
The Don Lawrence Orchestra (DLO) has delighted audiences in Montana for over three decades, playing swing standards, contemporary arrangements, and original scores written and arranged by the band's name sake, Don Lawrence.
The DLO is a "Big Band" in the truest sense, with instrumentation reminiscent of the swing bands of the 40's and 50's. Along with the band's swing repertoire, the DLO also has accumulated a considerable repertoire of gospel and spiritual music which has been written or arranged by Don Lawrence to take advantage of the big band instrumentation.
The band has performed engagements ranging from sermons in swing to combined choral and big band concerts in which the beauty of the human voice and richness of the big band sound are melded to produce an inspirational and moving gospel and spiritual music experience for audience and performers alike.
In northwest Montana the name Don Lawrence is synonymous with music. He is a consummate educator and a prolific writer and arranger, with talents that can only be described as God-given. Don has composed for concert bands, big bands, brass ensembles, wind ensembles, choirs and combined vocal-instrumental groups. His restless musical intellect is ever-expanding as he experiments with new ideas in bringing music to life. Don is a lifelong resident of Columbia Falls, Montana, with excursions to Texas during a stint in the Air Force and Germany as a music teacher. His passion for and dedication to music and teaching has enriched the lives of thousands - student, musicians, and audiences alike.