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Doug's musical career started in the fifth grade when he began playing the trombone. In junior high school, he started participating in marching band. During his four years of high school he was a member of the famous "Rebel Regiment" marching band from Effingham County, Georgia. They won "best in class" and "sweepstakes" trophies at nearly every marching contest they entered between 1975 and 1979 under the direction of band director/writer/arranger/adjudicator/clinician, William F. "Bill" Locklear. Doug also joined the Effingham County High School Chorus under the direction of conductor/clinician/adjudicator, Jack Mullis. He was even fortunate enough to be among those who had the opportunity to take a college-level music theory course taught by Mr. Mullis during his senior year. Because of the training Doug received from Mr. Mullis' theory class, he was able to skip to sophomore level music theory when he entered college.
Doug started playing electric bass in 1979, his senior year in high school. He has made a career out of playing electric bass. It all started with seeing Chuck Mangione live in concert 2 years in a row in Savannah, Georgia, back in 1979 and 1980. He had been a trombone player since the 5th grade but switched to bass his senior year, having been inspired by his band director, Bill Locklear (more on Bill later) and bassist Charles Meeks, of the famed Chuck Mangione Quartet. Doug learned every bass note Charles Meeks played from the Feels So Good era. He even purchased a MusicMan Stingray bass, because that's what Charles Meeks played. Doug's career has taken him on a journey through many, many styles, but he would say that some of his all-time favorite songs are from Chuck Mangione LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl.
Doug took private lessons from a formidable fretless bass player named William F. "Bill" Locklear. Yes, the same William F. "Bill" Locklear who was his high school band director. Bill supplemented his school income by playing in jazz clubs at night. Doug's approach to bass playing encompasses a combination of the training he received from Bill Locklear and Jack Mullis. "Bill made me use the right technique and Jack's approach to vocal instruction and music theory literally ingrained musical intervals into my brain. I like to say that Bill Locklear gave me my technique and Jack Mullis built my ear."
Currently, Doug is the bassist and business manager for an Atlanta-based party band called Mixed Company. Arsis Productions, his management company, also manages the Contemporary Christian Praise Band CrossTalk. He also spends as much time as possible working in recording studios, often serving as producer, arranger, bassist, and session leader. Doug has also flown to various parts of the U.S. for LIVE recordings, including gospel music giant Bill Gaither's Praise Gathering in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Integrity Hosanna song writer Tony Sutherland. Click here to check out a "LIVE" CD recording Doug played on for Tony Sutherland.
Doug enjoys church music and served as the staff electric bassist for First Redeemer Church in Alpharetta, Georgia from its inception in September of 1996 until September 2000. He currently makes himself available for church rhythm section clinics and freelance bass playing, having worked at such places as First Baptist Atlanta, Perimeter Church, Mount Paran Church of God, First Baptist Alpharetta, Snellville First Baptist Church, Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, and Rehoboth Baptist Church, in addition to working with such worship leaders as Geron Davis, Lenny Leblanc, Russ Cooper, Integrity Hosanna songwriter Tony Sutherland, Christ Church Choir, Dave Boyer, and David Glenn, to name a few. From October 2000 until June 2002, Doug and singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/worship leader Russ Cooper worked together establishing the praise band at Crosspointe Church, a church plant offering contemporary style worship in the Duluth/Cumming/Alpharetta area. In March 2001 Doug became part of the bass player rotation at Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, Georgia. Doug performed with the David Cooper Band at the Celebrate Freedom Festival on August 30, 2008, and currently serves as the on-call backup bassist for the band Open Door, formerly known as the David Cooper Band.
Doug really enjoys the recording studio environment, both playing and producing, and has been fortunate enough to be an on-call bassist for several recording studios in metro Atlanta. He has served as bassist, producer, co-producer, and arranger on numerous demo and CD projects for artists at both local and national level. Doug is very thrilled about being part of the Rocks Cry Out studio band and their first release appropriately titled "Rocks Cry Out". Click here to listen to sample of Doug's work with the ROCKS CRY OUT studio band.
Doug's favorite hobbies are fishing and HAM radio. Doug's HAM radio call-sign is N4HNH. He likes to work HF (high-frequency bands) from home and when mobile. You might also catch him on 2-meters in the Gwinnett County, Georgia area at 147.075MHz. That is the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society 2-meter repeater frequency. Doug develops database applications in Microsoft Access and created his own contact logging program to keep track of his radio contacts.
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