Doug’s first training in instrumental music began at Milneford Junior High School, where, because his arms were too short, he was taken off trombone and given the tuba. This watershed event marked the beginning of a long and happy relationship with bands and orchestras. Doug’s studies continued at the University of Toronto, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education. In 1979, he began his teaching career as an itinerant music instructor for Toronto Board of Education, and came to York Region District School Board in 1990. Now "retired", Doug is currently music director for Markham Concert Band, Pickering Community Concert Band, and Unionville Theatre Company. He has served UTC since 1999 and has received two Theas awards in his role as Musical Director. Many of the UTC pit orchestra members also play in the Markham Concert Band. Doug would like to invite all the supportive UTC audience members to give Markham Concert band a try. Let us entertain YOU! This season’s shows are “Road Trip” (Oct. 16), celebrating the band’s recent tour in Cary, North Carolina, and featuring great Canadian and American music; A Seasonal Celebration (Nov. 27), with lots of Christmas music and sing-alongs; Symphonic Pops Favourites (Mar. 5), featuring symphonic, operatic, and band classics; and “Myths and Fables and Really Tall Tales” (May 7), a fun show with narrator Rob Miller. Please visit mcband.ca for more details, or buy your tickets at the Markham Theatre Box Office.