Dontay L. Douglas is the Associate Director of the Trojan Marching Band (TMB) at the University of Southern California, where he is responsible for assisting the Director in guiding all aspects of the TMB. Additionally, he serves as Director of the Men’s Basketball Band.
Before joining the Trojan family, Professor Douglas served as Assistant Director of Bands at Louisiana State University (LSU). His responsibilities included serving as the Assistant Director of the Sudler-winning, 325-member “Golden Band from Tigerland.”, Director of the Bengal Brass, guest conductor of all concert ensembles and instructor of undergraduate conducting.
Mr. Douglas also served on the faculty at Henderson State University (HSU) in the capacity of Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Athletic Bands, where his primary duties included directing the “Showband of Arkansas” Marching Band and conducting the University Symphony Band. He also taught courses in instrumental methods, marching band techniques, music education and technology.
Douglas completed a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting at Florida Atlantic University where he served as graduate assistant with the athletic and concert bands and studied with Dr. Kyle Prescott. His responsibilities included teaching and assisting in every facet of the FAU Band program to include conducting the FAU Wind Ensemble. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music (percussion), cum laude, from Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida. While a student at FAMU, he served as the University Band President, section leader of percussion and student staff member of the “Marching 100”. His prior teaching experiences in South Florida include Palm Beach Lakes Community High School and McArthur High School.
In great demand, Professor Douglas is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for numerous festivals across the Southeast and has presented at state and regional conferences. He has been noted for his drill designs for high school and college band programs across the country, to include Florida A&M University, Eastern Michigan University. Recently Mr. Douglas charted drill designs that could be found on Marvel’s new series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (episode 2).
Professionally, he is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association and a honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
When he’s not music-ing, Dontay enjoys traveling and hiking with his wife, composer Marie Douglas.