Doug Maher has enjoyed a life long musical journey that began with hearing his parent’s big band jazz recordings, and was inspired by watching the Beatles on their American television debut. His passion for all things guitar is rooted in a love of Jazz, Classical, Blues, Rock, and Country music. Not one to live in the past, he views each day with excitement in search of a new musical experience.
Doug has over 35 years of performance experience from New England to South Florida. His career began as guitarist with “The Army Blues,” the Jazz Ensemble of the U.S. Army Band, Washington, D.C. which performed at The White House and Department of State functions, jazz festivals, school and community concerts throughout the United States. He has performed in clinics in support of notable jazz musicians Dick Oatts, Jeff Hamilton, Ernie Watts, Scott Wendholt, Mark Turner, Denis DiBlassio, and John Mosca, and concerts with Earl MacDonald, Ellen Rowe, Dave Santoro, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Kris Allen, Chris Brubeck, Paul Brown and Norman Johnson. He continues to be an active performer and composer/arranger on guitar and saxophone in a variety of musical styles.
Doug received his B.M. (Guitar Performance,1977) from Berklee College of Music, M.M. (Jazz Pedagogy,1984) from The University of Miami, and Music Education Certification (1990) from Central Connecticut State University. He is an experienced educator and clinician, with a specialty in teaching guitar, jazz improvisation and jazz ensemble. Aside from his adjunct teaching position at UConn, he is currently the instructor of class guitar and jazz combo at Manchester High School and at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, where he also directs The Academy Big Band. This ensemble was awarded 1st place in its class at the 2010 Berklee College Jazz Festival, and also 1st place at the 2010 Mingus Festival in New York. Doug was formerly Director of Bands at Windsor High School from 1994-2005, where he was recognized as Teacher Of The Year in 1999. His WHS Jazz Ensemble earned several awards, including 1st place in their class at the 2004 Berklee College Jazz Festival. He was also an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and jazz combo at Berklee College of Music (1987-1990), at The University of Connecticut (1990-2000) and at Central Connecticut State University (2000-2005). Doug continues to maintain a studio of private students from across Southern New England. He has instructed many students who have continued at collegiate music programs throughout the United States and in Canada, and are now professional music educators and performing musicians.