July 2019 -- Sivan-Tammuz 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 7

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Ethan and Jeff Donn

Taking Music to the Ball Park and Greater Heights

Staff Report

 

On Father’s Day, Ethan Donn made his Father and Family proud. The 18 year old performed the song, G-d Bless America, in front of thousands, before the Mets Game at CitiField.

 

A recent graduate of White Plains High School, Ethan is autistic and not very verbal,” explains his Father Jeff.  “One of the things that Ethan excels in is music.

 

Ethan has overcome his disability and performs at the highest levels. When Ethan sings or performs on his violin or piano, one can’t tell that Ethan has autism.”

 

Always very musical, Ethan is a songwriter and has played   the violin and piano since he was a toddler. The White Plains resident is currently working with a voice teacher.

Ethan’s Father enthusiastically has become his sons’ “so called agent,” getting bookings for various singing engagements.

 

“With regards to booking National Anthem appearances, I reach out to all the sports teams. Some are very responsive. Some I have to constantly call, in some cases for years. The Mets, for example, finally had Ethan perform last year after 3 years of contact.”

 

In Westchester, Ethan has performed the National Anthem for teams such as the Westchester Knicks, Iona College Men’s and Women’s Basketball and the Rockland Boulders Baseball team.

 

He has also performed for St. John’s, Seton Hall and Rutgers College Basketball teams and has sung several times at the Yeshiva Maccabees Basketball games.   Earlier this year, he vocalized in the chorus at Carnegie Hall.  Ethan also has a credit on IMDB for a song he wrote for the movie Victims, currently playing on Amazon Prime.

 

Ethan loves to get up in front of a crowd. As the family of 5 are members of Young Israel of White Plains, Ethan has entertained at the  Shul Dinner the past several years,  singing the National Anthem and Hatikvah.

 

Recently, Ethan was offered the chance to sing the National Anthem at the Yankees Game  on Saturday, July 20. “Unfortunately Ethan will be away out of the country that day,” Jeff laments. “Ethan is going to Israel with Yachad on the Yad B’Yad program and will be in Israel for 5 weeks over the summer. (Saying no to the Yankees, after 4 years of reaching out to them was painful!) But we are also Shomer Shabbat, so that day would have been problematic.”

 

Maybe next year…