Doug discovered jazz in the 1950's as a young band student at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. He was heavily influenced by the simple, gutsy style of Chicago trombonist Jim Beebe. By the early 1960's Doug was playing and touring with the Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band, the Smokey Stover Firehouse Band, Bob Scobey’s Frisco Jazz Band, Art Hodes and Wild Bill Davison. These early years took him to clubs and festivals in and out of the United States.
In 1964 he made a hard decision and left the music business to focus on raising a family and pursuing a corporate career. He made a brief return to music during the Vietnam years, playing and writing arrangements with the 3rd Marine Air Wing Band in El Toro, CA.
But it wasn’t until 1996, at the urging of drummer and longtime friend Wayne Jones, that he began studying anew