Don Cento

Composer / Songwriter / Guitarist
Austin, TX

Composer Reel 2017

Below you'll find a handful of instrumental pieces I've written recently. Though I am a guitarist primarily, this music is not limited to that instrument. These were devised as score pieces for ersatz TV shows / movies. Some work as theme songs and some have more of a narrative shape following a scene that only lives in the imagination. I'm 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
Cover Image - Badge of Dishonor

Badge of Dishonor

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

If I Have to I'll Drive All Night

Unwrapping the Body

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

Cover Image - Fresh Ideas in Shape-Shifting
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.

Those Birds Will Come Back Someday

Brian is Shopping for a German Car

The Meat of September

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

Cover Image - Terrestrium
Cover Image - Terrestrium


It’s not easy finding an air bubble in a vacuum.


Everyday Delay

The Price of Regret

synthesizer, nylon string guitar, moody, dark, ominous

Cover Image - A Short Summer on Lake Champlain
Cover Image - A Short Summer on Lake Champlain

A Short Summer on Lake Champlain

When Nathan’s car breaks down in Vermont he is forced to slow down and notice the world around him for the first time in years.

The Lake is Shallow but the Water is Cold

The Light Here is Amazing

acoustic guitar, meditative, peaceful, ambient

Cover Image - Blank Spot on the Map
Cover Image - Blank Spot on the Map

Blank Spot on the Map

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

Blank Spot on the Map


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

Cover Image - ATX Uncensored(ish)
Cover Image - ATX Uncensored(ish)

ATX Uncensored(ish)

I recently provided some theme music for an Austin-based comedy show ATX Uncensored(ish) which is, regrettably, no longer the air. I'm fairly certain my tune had nothing to do with the cancellation but stranger things have happened. In any event, the theme is presented here for posterity.

Brian is Ironing His Concert T-Shirts

guitars, synthesizers, drums, rock

Cover Image - A Most Mysterious Notebook
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.
(NOTE: These are all MIDI mock-ups, performed not by humans but by a magical computer)

Turning the Pages of Time

Let Us Go and Make Our Visit

The Requirements of Magic

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

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, Little Jack Melody, Johnny Burke, Bluesqueezebox, The Barton Hills Choir, Trey Johnson, Jerry David DeCicca and many others.

In 2016 I had a few placements with my band El Cento, most notably in the FOX sitcom Grandfathered. Additionally I provided some theme music for an Austin-based comedy show ATX Uncensored(ish) which is, regrettably, no longer on the air. I’m fairly certain my music had nothing to do with that…

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.


  • Mon, Apr 23
    Sarah Jaffe
    Austin, TX
    supporting Perfume Genius
  • Fri, May 18
    Sarah Jaffe
    Legacy Hall
    Plano, TX
  • Sat, May 19 2pm
    Wildflower Arts and Music Festival
    Richardson, TX
  • Sun, May 20 5pm
    Dan's Silverleaf
    Denton, TX
    with Little Jack Melody


My Composer Reel is above…Below you'll find a grab-bag of tunes featuring my songwriting, guitar playing, singing, producing, arranging, etc. More stuff can be found on my SoundCloud Page.


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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.

© 2018 Don Cento. Except stuff that is © other folks. Should be obvious. Banner photo by the one and only Gavin Tabone.