Donnie has extensive experience in the drum and bugle corps activity. From 1980-1984, he was the Brass Caption Head for the Garfield Cadets, winning the Jim Ott Award for high brass in 1983 and 1984 while simultaneously winning their first two world championships. In 1985, VanDoren served as the Brass Caption Head with the Troopers which saw them returning to the DCI Finals and placing 9th.
Donnie was the Brass Caption Head for the Star of Indiana in 1986 and from 1988-93. Star won the Jim Ott Award for high brass in 1990, 1992 and 1993 with the corps winning the DCI World Championship in 1991. From 1994-1998, Donnie served as Brass Theater’s Music Manager and helped the organization transition into the BLAST! production that has been performing in the U.S. and abroad since 1999.
In 1998 and 1999, VanDoren was the Brass Caption Head for the Cadets of Bergen County, winning the DCI World Championship in 1998; from 2006-2011, was an advisor to the Blue Stars which saw them returning to the DCI Finals in 2008; from 2010-2015, was the Staff Coordinator and Brass Caption Supervisor for the Madison Scouts; from 2013-2017, was the Program and Staff Coordinator for the Troopers; since 2016, has been an advisor to the brass program for the Bluecoats; and since 2005, has been an advisor to the brass program for the Carolina Crown.
Donnie VanDoren is an inductee of the Cadets Hall of Fame, the Star of Indiana Wall of Fame, and the DCI Hall of Fame.
Donnie has his own Management Consulting Company, VanDoren Management Group, and is the Casting Director for BLAST! and the Mason Entertainment Group, a position he has held since 2005.
Donnie lives in Cedar Park, TX with his wife Laurie, and is the proud father of Crown alumnus Evan VanDoren and alumna Carrie VanDoren, and is the proud father-in-law of Crown alumna Katie VanDoren.