Symphony Winds & Brass

Douglas-AkeyDouglas Akey began his musical training in the public schools of Elmhurst, Ill. He went on to attend Arizona State University on a performance scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music and a Master of Music in Solo Performance. He also studied brass performance at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada. He has studied horn with many prominent and well-respected hornists.

Douglas has been teaching band in Arizona since 1979, and been invited to perform at numerous education conferences. He often is called upon to serve as a clinician, having directed many honor bands throughout the country, as well as presenting sessions for music educators in AZ, CO, KS, OH and WY. In the summer, he serves as an adjunct instructor for the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.

His works have appeared on dozens of state contest lists and are performed by bands throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Far East.  Douglas is an active performer, having played with the Del Sol and Arizona Brass Quintets, as well as the Phoenix and Tucson symphony orchestras.  Douglas is also the Music Director of the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.