Music has been an extremely important part of my life ever since hearing the Association play Windy! My name is Don Makowski and I am known in these parts as Dee Girard, my middle name is actually Girard! I started playing drums at the age of 8, took lessons for a few years and then started playing with my neighborhood pals. We had a great time playing at youth dances in Erie,PA. at the YMCA called Y-Co. I got fed up with the crappy guitar players that we (my brother played bass) kept running into and at age 13 took up the guitar. After 4+ years of intense lessons with Ed Pooton (Ed Russell) I began teaching as well as playing out in bands. I got married at age 19 and we soon had a son. 2 daughters later my music career was on hold and I was working at G.E. I am so glad that I took the time to be there for my kids and I wouldn't change it for the world but after they were teenagers and didn't want to hang around I got back into performing. My brother and I formed a band called Sybling Rivalry. I played lead guitar and sang lead vocals. We had a good time but once again had trouble finding good players. This time our drummers child got sick and he had to quit the band. I sought out other musicians after my brother moved away and continued playing out for the next ten years, sometimes on drums and sometimes on guitar. It was a good experience and alot of work but I was longing to write my own music. I did that in 2006 and released Waiting on The Gods. www.deegirard.com I love the songs on that album and am very proud of it. Soon after the release of that disc I got sick. I had ulcerative colitis and the doctors told me I would have it for the rest of my life. I found a natural cure and have been healthy now for 2 years! I wrote a book about that experience and offer it for free at www.thedoctorsaidwhat.com. I am hoping to help others, especially kids, who are suffering from this horrible condition. Taking up the harmonica has helped me heal. Not only physically but emotionally. I am a better person for what I have been through and I am happier than I have ever been in my life. I am constantly learning more and seeing my mind open up to the deep mysteries of music and the harmonica. I love playing, mostly improvising and creating and I hope to one day soon write and record a new Dee Girard disc with harp tunes. That is what I do. That is who I am.