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Douglas Auwarter

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Percussion

Doug Auwarter is a much sought-after drum-set artist for performances, clinics, and private teaching. Besides performing with virtually every major jazz artist in the Kansas City area, he has played numerous shows and concerts with people such as George Burns, the Smothers Brothers, Joan Rivers, the Drifters, Ben E. King, Martha and the Vandellas, Little Anthony, the Shirelles, Paquito d'Rivera and many others. In the last decade, he has become known as a source for information on Brazilian music. In his travels to Rio de Janeiro he has played with such notable musicians as Osmar Milito, Nico Assumpção and Luizão Maia. In 1998, he paraded at the Sambadrome in Rio during Carnaval. Articles he has written on this and other types of music may be found in Percussive Notes (the journal of the Percussive Arts Society), The Pitch Weekly (Kansas City's arts and entertainment newspaper), and The Brasilians (a newspaper for “Brazil watchers” living in the United States.)

In 1996, Doug launched the Brazilian Jazz bulletin board on America Online, and numerous short articles by him can be found there. In Kansas City, he performs weekly with the Sons of Brasil as well as local jazz notables such as Joe Cartwright, Angela Hagenbach, and many others. His work may be heard on recent recordings by The Sons of Brasil, Musa Nova, Joe Cartwright, Angela Hagenbach, and Karrin Allyson, among others. Doug has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC, Johnson County Community College, and currently at Missouri Western State College, and Northwest Missouri State University. He has given numerous clinics on the music and drumming of Brazil, the Caribbean, as well as contemporary American styles to people of all ages, including primary and secondary schools, colleges, and professional master classes. He has taught professionally for over 25 years, and has had a studio at Explorers Percussion for the past thirteen years. He is a Paiste Cymbal artist.