from Monterey, California,
who was raised in New York
and started playing at nine years of age. He attended Jefferson
Township High School, New York
University, and Wheaton College
and studied with Keith Brown and Edward Kleinhammer.
In 1985, he
became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other groups with whom he has worked
include the Athena Brass Band, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Berlioz Historical
Brass, Boston Baroque, the Boston Pops, Chorus Pro Musia,
the Gerry Mulligan Big Band, the Goldman Band, the Handel and Haydn
Society, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Natural State Brass
Band, the New England Brass Band, the New England Conservatory Wind
Ensemble, Schoonhoven, the St. Antoni Chorale, the University of Washington Wind
Ensemble, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
He and the New
England Conservatory Wind Ensemble delivered the world premiere of the
“Concerto for Bass Trombone” by Vaclav Nelhybel
In 1995, he
and the University
of Washington Wind Ensemble
did the same with “Wildfire” by Lawrence Wolfe.
He and the
Boston Pops performed the “Concerto for Serpent and Orchestra”
by Simon Proctor under the baton of John Williams in May 1997.
England Brass Band named him their music director in 1998. On his watch, they have won the
North American Brass Association National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky,
and Recording of the Year from NABBA for Be Glad Then America.
He and the
Boston Pops performed the “Concerto for Bass Trombone” by
Christopher Brubeck in 1999.
The last movement, “James Brown in the Twilight Zone”,
was televised on Evening at Pops
In 2000, he
participated in the Historic Brass Festival, which was hosted by the University of Connecticut. He has also served as a clinician
and guest artist at the International Trombone Festival.
The Handel and
Haydn Society performed Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz and “Vespers of
1610” by Claudio Monteverdi in 2002 and 2003, respectively. The Handel and Haydn Orchestra
interpreted Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Divertimento in B flat”
and Henry Purcell’s Dido and
Aeneas with the St. Antoni Chorale in 2005.
In 2005, he
performed the ophicleide in a Chorus Pro Musia production of Romeo
and Juliet by Hector Berlioz in Boston,
He did the
same with the Athena Brass Band at the Great American Brass Band Festival
in Danville, Kentucky, in 2005.
April 2009, he performed the last concert in the Squires Recital Series at Lee University
in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Historical Brass gave the world premieres of “De Bronze et de Lumiere” by Therese Brenet
and “Mendelssohn’s Seasons” by Clifford Bevan and Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow at Connecticut
College on 19th
June 2010, Douglas premiered David Herring’s “Theme and
Variations on Arkansas Traveler” with the Natural State Brass Band at
Church in Little Rock.
which he has appeared include: America,
American Visions, Chris Botti in
Boston and A Splash of Pops
by the Boston Pops; In the Family
with Ronald Barron; and, his own Cornerstone,
Le Monde du Serpent, Proclamation, and Two of a Mind, with David Chapman,
Nick Hudson and the Williams Fairey Band.
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the Banff Centre, The Catholic
University of America, the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy,
Indiana State University, Indiana
University, the Peabody
Conservatory of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music.
He has also
authored Mastering the Trombone
with Edward Kleinhammer, as well as arranging Tomaso Albinoni’s
“Trio Sonata” for trombone trio, and arranging and editing Trombone Essentials: 11 Recital and Contest Solos for
Tenor and Bass Trombone.