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James Douglass Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Bob Schapper, Chris Petersen and Steve Matthes.

December 5, 2013


“Three Decades Leading OSU Bands”  December 5, 2013  Location: Valley Library, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Douglass discusses his upbringing in Illinois, his early musical interests and his involvement with the U.S. Navy Band. The remainder of the interview focuses primarily on Douglass' long and influential career as Director of Bands at Oregon State University. In recounting this time, Douglass reflects on memorable events including international travel to Japan, Taiwan and Costa Rica; notable music students who studied and performed at OSU; the creation and growth of the Northwest Band Camp; and changes in the university's music program over time. Marching styles, favorite musical arrangements and noteworthy performances are also recalled, as are interactions with OSU Athletic Department personnel and encounters with multiple generations of professional musicians.