Accomplishments & Biography

Early Years
Donald was born in Ngaruawahia, near Hamilton, New Zealand. Further to completing his
secondary education at Hamilton Boys’ High School and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree
(languages) from Auckland University, Donald migrated to London in order to pursue a career as
a professional musician.

Freelance Career
Donald has undertaken literally thousands of one-off private parties & corporate engagements at
many of England’s most prestigious hospitality venues including Claridges, The Savoy, Liberty’s
Dept Store, Café Royal, Anton Mosimann’s, The Ritz, Olympia, Cliveden, The Hurlingham, The
Athenaeum, etc as well as long-term residencies in several, smart French & Italian restaurants - all
of which has equipped him with an enormous and outstandingly-diverse range of World Music and
a substantial repertoire of Standards and Pops.

Theatrical and Orchestral Credits
Within a few months of arriving in London, Donald had secured his theatrical debut as a ‘dep’ in
the band at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since then Donald has worked in the orchestras
of several theatrical productions ( both in rep, on tour and in the West End ) of musicals such
as: Calamity Jane, Piaf, Call me Madam, Cabaret, The Boyfriend, Fiddler on the Roof, etc –
culminating with an on-stage performance and a chair in the orchestra of La Cage aux Folles at the
London Palladium. He has also been occasionally engaged as a musical director, most notably
in Terrence Rattigan’s The Sleeping Prince which starred Omar Sharif and Cider with Rosie at
Colchester’s Theatre Royal.

Themed Bands for Parties & Events
Several years ago, Donald extended his musical horizons to become a Bandleader and
subsequently founded several themed bands (Bands & Ensembles). Most recently
he formed the Don Ross Easy-Listening Ensemble – a group which offers ‘gently swinging
background music played with style and panache’ and which is perfectly suited to Private and
Corporate Events such as Dinner/Cocktail Parties, Christmas Parties, Birthdays, Office/Leaving
Parties, etc.

Contact Details
T: 020 8203 0626
M: 07787 91 60 41