Born in Missouri, but raised in IIlinois, Doug started playing saxophone his freshman year of high school. After briefly attending the Dick Grove School of music in Los Angeles studying composing and arranging, he found steady work on cruise ships. He moved to Orlando in 1998 and started working in the Main Street Saxophone Quartet at Walt Disney World. During this time, he also moonlighted playing in various bands doing corporate and wedding gigs. Doug had the opportunity to play with The Temptations, The O’Jays and other groups from the Motown era. He also recorded albums along side Stanley Clarke and Larry Carlton.