Doug Scarborough directs Whitman's Jazz Ensemble I and teaches applied lessons in trombone as well as courses on jazz theory and history, popular music, songwriting, and the Beatles. As a teacher, his prime directives are guiding and encouraging musical ability, facilitating the exploration of music, and providing opportunities for performance. His goal is to enable students to be the most complete musician possible, recognizing it may look different from person to person. Some of his personal interests are improvisation, composition, performance, and the intersections of modern jazz, Middle-Eastern music, and the blues. In 2015, he released his third CD, Bridges, which blends jazz with Middle-Eastern music.
A native of the blues-rich Mississippi Delta, Doug is equally at home on the trombone, piano, electric bass, or vocals. He has won three DownBeat jazz awards and performed with such luminaries as Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Shew, Benny Golson, Louie Bellson, Kenny Wheeler, Shawn Lane, the Gypsy All-Stars, Brian Lynch, and Mountain Heart.
On the classical side, Doug recently performed Samuel Jones's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra with the Walla Walla Symphony and has appeared with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, and the Greenville Pops Orchestra. He has also contributed record reviews for the International Trombone Association Journal.
Doug received his D.A. in Music Theory and Composition with an emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado and his MME and BME from Delta State University.