Mr. Douglas Akey
Phone: 480 308-7401
Band at the Academy
I began my musical training in the public schools of Elmhurst, Illinois and attended 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). One of my most significant learning experiences was studying brass performance for two summers at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada. My mentors on horn were Carroll Simmons – Grant Park Orchestra (Chicago), William Strickland – free-lance hornist (New York), Ralph Lockwood – Arizona State University, and Roland Pandolfi – Principal Horn, St. Louis Symphony.
I began teaching middle level band in 1979. My bands have been invited to perform at numerous education conferences, including the 1994 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the 1998 Music Educators National Conference. I have enjoyed sharing my musical knowledge with others over the years as a clinician and conductor of many elementary, junior high and high school honor bands both throughout the United States and as far afield as Singapore. I have also presented sessions at music educator conventions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Massachusetts, Ohio and Wyoming, as well as teaching at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.
I have been writing music for bands since 1986 and am glad I have the opportunity to share my experience as an arranger and composer here at the Mesa Academy. This year I will again serve as conductor of the Tempe Youth Wind Symphony and continue my tenure as the Music Director of the Tempe Symphony Orchestra.
I look forward to continuing my work with the students at the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies!