Donald Bauer : Don started "popular music" organ lessons in 1st grade, and by his early teens, he was already playing organ at his church. While at Limestone High School, he started playing piano and played in the Limestone Jazz Band all four years, and advanced into the Bradley Jazz Band while majoring in Computer Science/Math/Industrial Engineering and studying Classical Pipe Organ under Margaret Sayer. He's self-taught on Piano and Accordion. Don and wife Pepper transferred to St. John in 1978, when Don began accompanying the choir, and took over as choir director in 1986. He became one of four "alternate Organists" in the early 1980's and has been our official organist since 2004. Don's musical tastes are wide and varied: from 14th century chants to Classical composers like Bach and Mozart, to the very singable Gospel Hymns of composers like Fanny Crosby, to the traditional Lutheran hymn standards, to the folk hymns from the 1960's to contemporary composers like John Michael Talbot and Michael Card. Don's philosophy on "church music" is that it should be part of the worship experience to enforce the themes of each service, not just a "commercial" to entertain people. He plays our 3 manual, 58 rank Allen Digital Pipe organ and piano, and was the creator of our ever-popular Polka service each fall.