Doug Morton
Novato, CA
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Doug Morton, trumpet

Originally from the Midwest, Doug Morton began playing piano at the age of 5 and trumpet at the age of 7. In his teens he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, played with the World Youth Symphony, Michigan Youth Orchestra and was soloist with the Dun Scotus Bach Festivals. He received his bachelor's degree in trumpet (Phi Beta Kappa honorary) from the New England Conservatory, studying with Armando Ghitala, Gunther Schuller, and Daniel Pinkham. He founded and directed the Scholarship Brass Quintet, and was principal in many of Schuller's ensembles and Boston area groups.

Since moving to the Bay Area, Morton has performed with the Sacramento, Berkeley, Monterey, and California symphonies, among others, including being featured with the Santa Rosa, Monterey, Bay Area Concerto and Concord Pavilion orchestras as soloist, and has been invited to perform at many summer music festivals. He played principal trumpet with the Santa Rosa Symphony for 30 years, having recently retired. Morton continues to pursue his interests in music of all kinds, performing with such diverse groups as the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, CARMA, Mental Floss, The Grateful Dudes, the Clubfoot Orchestra, SF Mime Troupe, Beach Blanket Babylon, Del Sol, James Moseley, Mood Swing Orchestra, and the Bohemian Club Jinks Band, among many others. He gigs actively on the piano, including a long-term engagement with a trio at the Panama Hotel.

Morton also composes and arranges. His works have been commissioned and performed by the California Shakespeare Festival, ACT, SF Chamber Singers, Napa Valley Chorale, Masterworks Chorale, Santa Rosa Chamber Players, KQED, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, which played a piece of his and has engaged him to work on other musical projects. He was commissioned to write a piece for 340 young musicians in commemoration of the 2017 wildfires which was performed in Green Hall and some of his music was played in Europe by the symphony Youth Orchestra in their tour of Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. He has had his brass music recorded and performed by the All-Star Brass Quintet and many other brass groups throughout the United States and Canada. His music is regularly played by local brass groups and big bands, with or without his presence. He also writes for and plays with the Trumpet Supergroup, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (which has recorded many of his works), Marcus Shelby, the No-Name All-Stars and many others.

Notable: Doug's music was performed by 3 different groups (Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Chorale and Trumpet SuperGroup) in 4 different locations around the Bay Area on the same day (Sunday, Dec 16, 2018). Also, my music has reached Nebraska. The Ohama Chamber Music Society has programmed a piece of mine on their programs.