A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Don Rice became a professional musician at the age of 14, and traveled with Midwest territory bands until entering college, where he headed campus jazz groups at the University of Nebraska. In the 1960s, he formed the Don Rice Jazz Workshop Band, a sixteen-piece group that gave concerts throughout the Midwest. Appearances included the Kansas City Jazz Festival, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the University of Nebraska Student Center, and a major concert with the Four Freshmen in the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
In 1990, he moved to Rancho Mirage, California, and he has been a jazz fixture in Southern California since that time. This will be his seventeenth consecutive year as a featured guest artist for The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox. He also has appeared several times at the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival in Northern California. Over the years he has performed with Frankie Carle, George Kirby, Bob Crosby, the Ink Spots, the Maguire Sisters, Barbara Mc Nair, the Mills Brothers, Herb Jeffries, the Four Freshmen, Buddy Greco, the Abe Most Band, Conte Candoli, and Tiemey Sutton. His album A Time for Love is available online now.