Don Cento

Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Austin, TX

Composer Reel 2016

Below you'll find a handful of instrumental pieces I've written recently. These were devised as score pieces for ersatz TV shows / movies. Some work as themes, some have more of a narrative shape following a scene that only lives in the imagination. Not sure if anybody would be interested in watching these so-called shows, but hopefully the music will move you. Should you be moved to enlist my services as a composer for your project, you may contact me.

Cover Image - Badge of Dishonor

Badge of Dishonor

A bad cop tries to come clean but only gets dirtier.

synthesizer, percussion, drums, dark, moody, gritty, foreboding

Cover Image - Blank Spot on the Map

Blank Spot on the Map

Everybody ends up somewhere…. but what if your somewhere is nowhere?

acoustic guitar, mandolin, electric slide guitar, deep woods, moody, rustic, nervous, ominous, percussion

Cover Image - A Most Mysterious Notebook

A Most Mysterious Notebook

While exploring in Aunt Sylvia’s attic, twelve-year old Tana and her little sister Karen find a musty old notebook overflowing with mystical poems and magical powers.

orchestra, brass, symphonic, mystical, magical, wonder, mysterious, wide-eyed, awe

Cover Image - Fresh Ideas in Shape-Shifting

Fresh Ideas in Shape-Shifting

The middle of Iowa is not the easiest place to blend in if you’re from one of the “quiet neighborhoods” on Neptune.

guitars, synthesizers, drums, piano, bass, quirky, oddball, wonky, peppy, smiling

ATX Uncensored(ish)

I recently did the theme song for ATX Uncensored(ish), an Austin-based satirical look at the news and life in Austin.

Greetings. I'm Don Cento.

I'm a musician in general but more specifically I play guitar, write songs and sing those songs. I also compose instrumental pieces and I occasionally produce recordings, mix recordings and do some arranging.

I've been intimately involved with the guitar since I was in seventh grade which, if memory serves, was around 1985. I was struck by a bolt of lighting in the form of a Flamenco guitar player (Ronald Radford, for the completists out there) during a special performance in band class. Soon after that it was Eddie Van Halen and after that a snowball of guitar players and bands and countless hours in the basement and practice rooms.

I matriculated at the University of North Texas and earned my BA in Jazz Guitar Performance in 1995.

Since it all began I've had the good fortune to play with a ton of great bands and artists and make a bunch of cool records. I've recorded or toured with Jude, The Tomorrow People, Chomsky, Trey Johnson, Jerry David DeCicca and many others.

Of late I've had a few placement with my band El Cento, most notably in the FOX sitcom "Grandfathered." I provided some theme music for an Austin-based comedy show ATX Uncensored(ish).

I'm currently performing with...

I'm available for recording, arranging, composing/song-writing and mixing. I'm also available for lessons. If you've got any questions please don't hesitate to drop me a line for more info.


  • June 18
    Sarah Jaffe
    Shipping & Receiving
    Ft. Worth, TX


Here's a quick sampler of tunes. More stuff can be found on my SoundCloud Page.


Starting in Summer 2015 I'll be teaching Applied Guitar (private lessons, basically) at Austin Community College. I'd love to talk to you about getting to know the neck better, writing good parts, playing in bands, using effects. Anything really.

Please visit ACC Music Business, Performance & Technology for more info.


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Feel free to drop a line to discuss anything you've seen on the page or (just about) anything at all.

© 2016 Don Cento. Except stuff that is © other folks. Should be obvious. Banner photo by the one and only Gavin Tabone.