Bio

Doug Pierce, an extremely gifted and talented composer/orchestrator, arranger, and trumpeter hails from the motor city; Detroit, Michigan. During his time in Detroit Doug has had the great opportunity to study and perform with quite a few internationally recognized jazz musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Rayse Biggs, Jimmy Wilkinson, Larry Smith, Kenneth Cox, Teddy Harris Jr., Russell Green and Herbie Williams. 

Eventually, Doug's musical journey would lead him to Washington DC.  While in DC Doug continued his musical studies at The University of the District of Columbia As a Felix E Grant Fellow.  It was under the Late Great Calvin Jones that Doug was made aware of his incredible and unique composition and arranging abilities. Professor Jones often shared with Doug how his uses of harmonic and melodic tools are reminiscent of the same tools used by Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, and Thad Jones. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies in 1999, Doug during fall 2002  enrolled in the Jazz Studies program at Western Michigan University. It is here that Doug studied with jazz education greats such as Trent Kynastyn and Dr. Scott Cowan. During his time at WMU Doug was awarded the distinct opportunity to participate in a few residency programs including the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency. Upon completion of his Master's degree in music, Doug has held educational posts at two very well respected schools of music, The Ohio State University and Doug's undergraduate alma mater UDC. Along with Doug’s educational responsibilities he has also traveled the country in great demand as guest composer and clinician.   He is also the Associate Music Director of the Rockville Concert Band.  Doug is a new recipient of the Maryland Arts Council individual grant for composers.  This grant is given to composers in the state for outstanding work and accomplishments in non- Classical Contemporary music genres.  

Currently, Doug leads several musically diverse groups. A jazz quintet and sextet and jazz orchestra called the “Band of Brothas” where Doug is the Chief Conductor, composer, and arranger. The compositions performed by this group show Doug’s fundamental understanding of various harmonic traditions but also displays his uniqueness and originality as a composer, orchestrator, and arranger.