|Don Hite -|
Mr. Hite began his band career in Philadelphia where he chose to play the flute in 6th grade. He moved to Friendswood and played flute until 11th grade, when he found a clarinet at a yard sale. He bought it and liked it better than flute, so he began to play clarinet! He made All State Band on clarinet his senior year at Friendswood High School. He was 8th in his class and received music and academic scholarships to college.
Mr. Hite went to Oklahoma City University his freshman year. He decided to stop being a music major at the time, and he came home and went to San Jacinto Community College and studied clarinet with Chester Rowell. Although he changed majors, he taught private lessons and performed in band and woodwind ensembles. He plays string instruments as well, and he was in a string quartet as a violinist. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake in Sociology/Anthropology. He is also certified to teach music, and he taught band previously in Houston ISD.
Mr. Hite has been teaching private lessons since 2002. He has had several successful students who have made Region, Area, and All State Band. He performs with the Clear Lake Symphony and occasionally with the Galveston Symphony. He plays frequently for musicals and wedding gigs. Mr. Hite also works as a composer and an arranger. He owns his own publishing company which publishes his own original compositions and arrangements. His website is http://www.donaldhite.com. Mr. Hite also runs a popular Suzuki string studio in the Friendswood area, and his students perform regularly around town.
Mr. Hite has two dogs named Jeep and Wrangler. He recently became obsessed with CrossFit and has lost over 50 pounds in the last year.