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Doug Beach

Doug Beach

Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Band and Arranging
Department of Music

Doug Beach is a performer, composer, publisher, educator, arranger, and Grammy Award winner.

At Elmhurst University, where he has taught since 1978, he serves as director of the acclaimed Elmhurst University Jazz Band and as director of jazz studies. Under his direction, the Jazz Band has performed in festivals across the world and regularly appears with jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Diane Schuur, Nicholas Payton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Pete Christlieb, Lee Konitz, Louie Bellson, and Bobby Shew. In 2003, Beach received the University’s highest teaching honor, the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Beach is equally well known for his work as a publisher and composer. His company, Doug Beach Music, is one of the world’s leading publishers of educational jazz music, and he has won 17 consecutive awards for composition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). In 1996, the Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices recorded his arrangement of “Cottontail” on a CD that went on to win the Grammy Award for best large jazz ensemble.

Beach is also a highly sought-after clinician and adjudicator. He has served as a conductor, guest artist, or judge throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, and Europe, and he frequently conducts All-State ensembles. Twice, he has served as artist-in-residence for the Illinois Arts Council.

A Yamaha performing artist and clinician, Beach plays Yamaha trumpets and flugelhorns.

  • Performing Ensembles
  • Jazz Combos
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Arranging and Scoring Composition

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