Arts Leadership Award Program

Representing Alameda County Supervisorial District Four —

Don Lewis of Pleasanton, is a music artist and synthesizer innovator whose pioneering efforts are the subject of a documentary to be released in 2017, “The Ballad of Don Lewis.”  He has taught courses at UC Berkeley Extension and guest lectured at Stanford University and San Jose State University. Don has mentored students through school programs and “Young Expressions” performances. His “Say YES to Music!” assemblies have inspired thousands of students of all ages throughout the Bay Area and beyond. During his six decade career, Don has presented concerts worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall, toured with The Beach Boys, and appeared with several symphony orchestras. Don is an active member of The Rotary Club of Pleasanton participating in service projects locally and internationally.