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Westbrook’s rich musical history is deserving of greater attention. Here is just a taste of what you may not know about Westbrook’s musical heritage.  

Don Doane:

This amazing man has been described by some famous former students as the tree from which all great musical branches in Westbrook grew; a gifted teacher and musician who didn’t teach music – but taught kids! (Quoting Tony Boffa)

At 81 years old, this spectacular fellow still leaves you feeling grateful for having been in his presence.  He has been called a band leader, a teacher, a musical genius, but these days his favorite title is Papa and the music lives on in his soul.

Don Doane learned his trade from his father by the same name who ran a country band called the Katahdin Mountaineers.  He played guitar at the time, but when his mother told him to join the school band the Band Director offered him a sousaphone or a trombone and Don took the trombone home. As they say, the rest is history.

He went on to play with some legends like, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Bobby Hackett. 

Don directed and taught music in Westbrook schools for many years and brought in people like Norm Richardson to launch what would become a successful program of Westbrook Marching Bands.

Read more about Don Doane at

Watch a clip of Don Doane adapting to a valve trombone after losing the use of his left arm from a stroke; performing at the Maine Veterans home in Scarborough.

Don Doane

Here is what has become of some of Don Doane’s former students:


Tony Boffa:

The Tony Boffa Band has set an unequaled standard of excellence in the club and function industry for over 30 years and credits his ability as a musician and teacher to his friend and mentor Don Doane.  

Learn more about Tony Boffa at

Listen to him play at 



Marc Marcisso:

Marc has recorded with Bette Midler, Jessie Colin Young, Michael Bolton and “Year of the Cat” Al Stewart, with whom he toured in Europe and played The Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s appeared live with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Steve Winwood, Carole King, Chaka Kahn, Tito Puente, Billy Preston, Peter White, Sheena Easton, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, The Rippingtons, Dionne Warwick, the Doobie Brothers, and many others.



Joe Smyth:

Joe is the drummer for the band Sawyer Brown. He is also one of the founding members of the band. In addition to performing with Sawyer Brown, Joe has also performed with the Maine Summer Opera Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Miami Pops Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony, among others. He holds a Master of Music degree in Applied Percussion and Music Composition, and teaches percussion at Nashville's Brentwood Academy.

Joe Smyth Sawyer Brown


Richard Marsters:

Richard is an accomplished jazz trumpet, flugelhorn, and flute player and another product of Don Doane and the Westbrook music scene.  Richard performs with the Richard Marsters Trio, Quartet, Quintet and the band Cool Shade of Blue.



Other famous folks from the Westbrook music world:

 Rudy Vallee:


Rudy Vallee was one of America’s most popular entertainers in the 20’s and 30’s. He was raised in Westbrook and makes his final resting place here.


Learn more about this great son of Westbrook at

Listen to a Rudy Vallee clip at



Al Hawkes:


Al Hawkes was born on Christmas Day in Providence, Rhode Island of Maine parents who moved back to the old farm homestead in Westbrook, Maine when Al was ten years old.  He has been here ever since working his country music magic from his roots in Westbrook.

A sample of the affiliations and honors bestowed upon the remarkable music man include:   
  • Al Hawkes and his Nitehawks,
  • Al Hawkes and String Fusion,
  • Al Hawkes - The Songman (a solo act with 6st. & 12st. guitars)
  • The Al Hawkes Show
  • Al Hawkes and his Bluegrass Nitehawks

 Al's major awards:

  • Inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame 1980
  • Pioneer Award 2001 by The Maine Bluegrass Music Association
  • National Instrumentalist of the Year 1990 - Country Music Associations of America
  • 16th Annual Pioneer Award 1996 - Down East Country Music Association
  • Recording of the Year 2005 "Keep On Smiling" - Maine Country Music Association
  • Lenny Breau Memorial Award 1991
  • Dick Curless Memorial Award 1995
  • First Generation Bluegrass Pioneer by the International Bluegrass Music Museum
  • Music Industry Heritage Award - Boston Bluegrass Union 2009


Watch the video – The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes

Hear Al play at   



Westbrook’s Bob Charest and the Bob Charest Band

One of Maine's most versatile keyboard players, Bob brings many years of experience to his current role as bandleader. Since leading his own rock trio as a teenager and earning a degree in Music Composition at the University of New Hampshire, he's been in numerous bands prior to forming the Bob Charest Band in 1998. We are proud that he calls Westbrook home.


Check them out on Facebook:

Listen to a clip:

Westbrook’s Steve Noyes and Motor Booty Affair

Motor Booty Affair, the premier 70′s disco/funk tribute band from the Northeast featuring Westbrook’s own – Steve Noyes on drums.



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Listen to them play:


The All Stars. Westbrook High Class of 1970


The All Stars


L-R: Michael "Mickey" Gouzie, Rob Rocheleau, Steve Wark, Tom Dyhrberg, Alana MacDonald (not from Westbrook), Mike Wormwood, Brad Harnois

All members were from the WHS Class of 1970.  All were musicians then, but in rival rock bands. Rocheleau, Wark, Wormwood and Harnois were in a band called "The Talismen."  Mickey Gouzie was in a band called Love, Inc. Dyhrberg was in a band called Untame Sound with Mike Lavigne, Gene Turner, Ron Gouzie and Rick Record, all from Westbrook.  

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