Mr. D was my music teacher in elementary school and in high school. He taught me not only how to play multiple instruments, read music, understand time signatures and rhythm, he opened my eyes to one of the most wonderful, influential things in my life. Music. He pushed me to better my abilities as a musician and as a person. I never knew how many different, eclectic, beautiful sounds were out there until he played them for us in class. I fell in love with jazz, funk, disco, rock, classical, the list goes on. I still listen to the songs we played with excitement and affinity today. I even pluck the bass lines now and again for nostalgia's sake. I consider Gil Donatelli to be one of the most understanding, knowledgeable, fun, motivating people I have ever met. I consider him a friend and I'm lucky to have had him as a teacher.