Doug Beach

Doug Beach's Biography

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

At Elmhurst College, where he has taught since 1978, Beach serves as Director of the acclaimed Elmhurst College Jazz Band and Director of Jazz Studies. Under his direction, the jazz band has made over 30 European tours (twice at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State) and has performed in jazz festivals across the world. The band regularly appears with jazz greats such as Gary Smulyan, Dennis Mackrel, Nicholas Payton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, Lee Konitz, Jeff Hamilton and Bobby Shew. The band and its members are frequent award winners in DownBeat magazine's Student Music Awards, and in 2014, the Elmhurst College Jazz Band won the DownBeat large jazz ensemble category for undergraduate institutions.

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. He has been the recipient of a Plus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) nearly every year since 1995. In 1996, The Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices recorded Beach's arrangement of "Cottontail" on a CD that went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. His other awards include a 2003 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from Elmhurst College (the college's highest teaching award), the 2012 Elmhurst College Faculty Merit Award and a 2015 Jazz Education Achievement Award from DownBeat.

Beach is also a highly sought-after clinician and adjudicator. He has served as a conductor, guest artist and judge throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia and Europe. He has conducted numerous All-State jazz ensembles and twice has served as an artist-in-residence for the Illinois Arts Council.

A Yamaha Performing Artist, Beach plays Yamaha trumpets and flugelhorns.

Doug Beach's Gear
Doug Beach

Gear List

YTR-8310Z YFH-8310Z