When Don Schneider started playing guitar at 15 years old, he
quickly discovered a natural ability to play original, heartfelt
licks on his twenty-five dollar Kent electric.
He played his first
gig in 1977 in his home town of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
In 1982 he left “The Hat” to begin touring as a
professional musician with several different heavy metal bands.
Don quickly became known for his ability to quickly fit into
any band as a lead guitarist, and developed a reputation as a
dependable, “hired gun” for any rock group who needed a
guitarist on short notice.
In 1986 he moved to
Ontario to tour with a band called Crackers, a popular rock/novelty
act in the Hamilton/Burlington area, with two albums to their
In 1988 Don
received a diploma in Recording and Engineering, which gave his live
performances added dimension because he better understood the
meaning of “quality sound”.
Between 1989 and
1996 he began a heavy touring schedule in Western Canada. For fifty
out of fifty-two weeks a year, he played with a band called the
Lizard Brothers, a classic rock band known for their heavy
Don took a
break from touring in 1996 and settled back into The Hat.
After a nine year hiatus, the axe beckoned, and in 2005 he
formed two new duos: The Replacement Parts and The Chameleon Brothers.
Within one year of coming out of retirement, both bands were
pre-booked for a year and half.
In the summer of
2007, Don moved to Peterborough, Ontario.
He recently joined forces with Jon Ryttersgaard, an up and
coming musician with a great country vocal style.
They named their duo “Pure Hazard” and are looking
forward to playing gigs in Peterborough’s thriving music scene.
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