John Douglas-Benicia

John Douglas has had a lifetime of experience in music. He has taught privately for
over 20 years, and has performed professionally on saxophone, clarinet, and flute
for over 35 years.
John’s education includes early studies with revered Bay Area saxophonist Ben
Meltzer, performances with the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band,
and as the lead saxophonist in the California All-State Jazz Ensemble.
A graduate of the highly regarded Music program at Los Medanos College in
Pittsburg, CA, where he studied privately with Diane Maltester and Mary Fettig,
John went on to pursue studies at Cal State University at Northridge in their BM
program for music performance, where he played the solo E flat clarinet chair in the
University Wind Ensemble and lead alto saxophone in CSUN’s prestigious “A" Jazz
Ensemble. He is currently pursuing a BM in Music Education at Sonoma State
University, where he studies clarinet with Roy Zajac.
John currently performs in the Kelly Park Big Band and GroovaNova (Wayne Fettig,
Mike Williams, Marc Levine, Gerry Kennett), and is busy as a freelance artist with
numerous other ensembles. He has performed everything from solo saxophone
engagements to orchestras, rock/funk bands to musical theater, jazz trios to
chamber ensembles.
John is a band director and ensemble teacher for Instrumental Music for Children
(IMC). He has directed the elementary school band program for the Benicia Unified
School District, and has directed music programs for Children’s Music and Arts
Foundation. He has been on the teaching staff of ABC Music for ten years.
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