Kind Words About The Junkman®

Of all the artists that have done residencies in my tenure in education, The Junkman was the best.  I was extremely impressed with his message and what he was able to accomplish with the students.

Lakeview Elementary School, Greensboro, VT

Our teachers say it was the best assembly we have ever had!

Michael J. Peterides School, Staten Island, NY

On a scale of one to ten with ten the highest, we rate The Junkman a ten!

Seabrook Middle School, Seabrook, NH

He introduced the students to new and relevant information about percussion, music, acoustics, the environment and construction

Tucumcari Elementary School, Tucumcari, NM

I wanted to thank you for coming to our school and doing such a great job with our kids.  The students had a unique, valuable, and enjoyable experience in your workshop and performance.

Bellport High School, Bellport, NY

We all learned something from this wonderful presentation!

Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Thank you for your energy and passion!

The Academy, Charlemont, MA

Donald Knaack is both a talented and capable teacher that enriched the school environment as well as the whole child.

Underhill Central School, Underhill Center, VT

Staff members noted this was one of the best residencies ever held at the school.

Craftsbury Schools, Craftsbury, VT

Concert Performances

Starting with John Cage, there have been quite a few composers who have worked with junk and found objects to create their music. However, nobody does it with quite as much finesse as Donald Knaack.

Dirty Linen,

A mind-blowing experience!

Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC)

…a virtuoso percussionist.

The New York Times,

It really cooked!

Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors,

…the legendary percussion virtuoso.

The Village Voice,

This guy is mad and very popular!

In Madrid , Madrid, Spain - Feb '03

The Junkman’s music and his instruments are provocative and entirely innovative.

Guia del Gocio, Feb '03, Madrid, Spain

It’s Stomp on acid! Customer,

…virtuoso playing worth hearing.

Down Beat,

Music of tremendous power and wide-ranging temperaments.


The Junkman totally captivated the Kansas City International Jazz Festival audience..

Jazz Ambassadors Magazine,

…unusual, completely independent and wholly cool!

BRAT Magazine,


The workshops are stimulating and unique. Exposing students to the recycling message that a discarded object can be reborn into a completely new function and using this method to create music is an educational approach that is worthwhile.

Stratton Arts Festival

It was really great! People loved how the kids were so responsive and for many the Junkjam was their favorite part. The music felt very powerful when the whole audience was playing together. Thanks for a great show!

Sea Cliff Elementary School,

You are a very gifted teacher!

Dorset Elementary School,

Children and grown-ups alike were fascinated!

Mark Skinner Library, Manchester, VT

Some people come into our lives and quickly go, but they move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same

Greensboro Wonder and Wisdom, Greensboro, VT

Not only does Knaack bring out the music in an object, he does the same with people. With his friendly support and cooperation, this event was planned by the Cultural Center and Knaack as a Family Day of conservation-related crafts and music workshops. The Junkman’s unpretentious humanitarianism, talents, and simple love for playing percussion provided all at once a great concert, a musically educational experience and a happy day for our Staten Island community.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY