Rehearsal Lab - Middle School Band
- Doug Akey (email@example.com)
- 12/16/2016 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM
- Douglas Akey began his musical training in the public schools of Elmhurst, Illinois. He went on to attend Arizona State University on a performance scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music (1979) and a Master of Music in Solo Performance (1985). He also studied brass performance at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada.
Since 1979, he has been teaching middle level band in the Phoenix area. His school ensembles have been invited to perform at numerous education conferences, including the 1994 Midwest Clinic and the 1998 Music Educators National Conference. He is often called upon to serve as a clinician, having directed many junior high and high school honor bands, as well as presenting sessions for music educators both throughout the United States and as far afield as Singapore.
In 1985, Mr. Akey received the Stanbury Award of the American School Band Directors Association as the outstanding young junior high school band director in the United States. Since that time he has become recognized as an accomplished composer of band music. His works have appeared on dozens of state contest lists and are performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia and the Far East. In 1996, he was honored as the National Federation of Secondary Schools Music Educator of the Year for Section 7 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah). He has composed thirty-four commissions for bands throughout the United States and has more than forty-five published works.
Mr. Akey was a member of the Tempe Symphony Orchestra horn section for thirty-three years, most of those serving as principal horn. He began his tenure as Music Director of the orchestra in 2010.