What folks say about Donn Trenner… “Donn, my musical director for twenty-one years, always made me feel so safe and secure as a performer. I would stand on stage, he would lift his baton, the music would begin, and I was home. Loving thanks, my dear friend. Everyone will love your book.” – Ann-Margret, singer, dancer and award winning actress of movies and television
“Donn was my partner in several productions and we played many engagements touring with my show. As a vocalist, I have worked with numerous musical directors over the years and there is no one better than my good friend, Donn Trenner. This book is a must read.” – Peter Marshall, singer, actor and host of the popular TV game show, Hollywood Squares
“I first met Donn Trenner when he was heading up The Steve Allen Show and their band in the sixties. Throughout the years, I’ve seen him again and again, now especially in the Connecticut area. He knows more about music than anyone else. He’s worked with so many stars from Bob Hope on. I was lucky enough to inherit him for a two week run on Steve Allen’s show while Steve was on vacation, and it was a thrill that I will never forget. But the thing about Donn Trenner that is most important - he’s also the nicest guy I ever met. He’s had a great career, which is still going on, and I know you’ll enjoy reading about it in this book.” – Regis Philbin, American media personality, singer, actor and talk show host
Donn Trenner is an Emmy Nominated musical director, conductor, arranger that came up in the ranks of early bebop pianists playing with the likes of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster, appearing on over 100 jazz albums from 1950 onward. During the Big Band era he played with Ted Fio Rito, Buddy Morrow, Charlie Barnett and Tommy Dorsey. While with the Les Brown Orchestra, he worked with Bob Hope for seven years as his personal accompanist and occasional music director, participating in six of the Bob Hope International Christmas tours.
As an accompanist, he has worked with such artists as Lena Horne, Anita O’Day, Vicki Carr, Dick Haymes, Jose Feliciano, Jack Jones, Frances Faye, Nelson Riddle, Paul Broadnax, Rita Moreno, Nancy Wilson, Ann-Margret, and Shirley MacLaine.
A much sought after musical director, Donn Trenner appeared nightly on the famed “Steve Allen Show,” leading theDonn Trenner Orchestra. He was also Ann-Margret’s musical director for 18 years. He worked extensively touring with Shirley MacLaine which led to an Emmy Award nomination for music direction, arranging and conducting the television special, “Gypsy In My soul,” and in 1977, a three-hour television special from the Kennedy Center on the eve of Jimmy Carter’s Inauguration. As musical director for Nancy Wilson he conducted many International orchestras and performed in television specials for Swedish Broadcasting, German broadcasting and the BBC, and in 1978, again at the Kennedy Center, he was the musical director for the “Happy Birthday Bob” show honoring Hope’s 75th birthday.
In 1996, he moved back to the East Coast where he now makes his home in Guilford, Connecticut. Weekly you can hear him leading The Hartford Jazz Orchestra, a role he took on in 2000 upon the death of acclaimed arranger and bandleader Chic Cicchetti.