Doug Carmichael is a Colorado native that started playing saxophone at the age of 11. In his high school years, he started studying with CU Professor of saxophone, Vince Gnojek. Doug attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and continued to study from Vince Gnojek and later with Tom Meyer. Doug holds an undergraduate and master's degree from CU Boulder in music education and a minor in saxophone performance.
Doug has taught private saxophone lessons for over 30 years. He has also taught music in the public schools ranging from elementary, middle school, high school and college. He has taught in the Denver Public School, Douglas County Schools, Cherry Creek School and has spent the most of his time in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Doug has taught symphonic band, marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, small ensembles, music theory, stage tech, guitar and drums in the public schools. He has also taught through the Colorado Honor Band and also with the Colorado Jazz Workshop. Doug has been a judge for various band and orchestra festivals as well as solo and ensemble contests.
Doug has been performing since high school. He has performed with CSpot Groove, 3ology, Greeley's Matt Pack, the Longmont Symphony, the Jean Pool Trio, Fort Collins' Deafuncle, DKO, the Dale Ness Quartet, Jockamo, the Lucky Few, Otone Brass Band, the Lee Thomas Band, the Vipers, Makeshift Funk Band, Archie Funker, Boulder's Funk Knuf, the Just for Kicks Big Band, the John Mills Orchestra, Mojo jazz duo and Mojomama.
Doug still and always will take music lessons in some capacity. He's currently taking online saxophone lessons with Bob Reynolds, the saxophone player with Snarky Puppy. Doug has taken lessons on saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, drums, and piano. He takes classes every summer for teaching recertification through CSU. These classes range from educational psychology to music composition.
Doug Plays on Selmer, Eastman and Yamaha saxophones. His soprano is an Eastman 52nd street with a custom Otto Link mouthpiece. His Altos are a Selmer Mark VII and an Eastman 52nd Street with a custom short shank Selmer mouthpiece. His Tenors are a Selmer Mark VI and an Eastman 52nd Street with a custom short shank Selmer mouthpiece. His baritone saxophone is a Yamaha 52 with a custom Vandoren.