Trumpeting Beginnings is Doug Woolverton
Tell us about yourself as an artist (include other things you have done/are doing/will be doing).
My name is Doug Woolverton (from Los Angeles CA) and I am the trumpet player in Beginnings. I have been performing nationally with this NYC based band for three years now and couldn’t be more proud to be apart of such a stellar team of musicians and guys. I have been playing the trumpet since I was 7 years old. It was during my high school years that I began to get really focused in music and have known since I was very young, that I wanted to continue my education into college to be come a professional trumpet player. After 5 years of college I graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen SD with a degree in trumpet performance. I specifically went to this University to study trumpet with one of the nations greatest trumpet teachers and performers, Dr. Grant Manhart. It was after graduation that I started my full time career as a professional trumpet player/performer. With a LOT of practice, hard work, networking, and name branding, I have had the honor to perform and share the stage with music greats like: Aretha Franklin, Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, John Scofield, Roomful of Blues, They Might Be Giants, Delbert McClinton, Victor Wainwright, Shemekia Copeland, and many others as well as perform over 265 shows a year.
I truly love my job as a musician and feel so proud to share my gift of music with the world. This summer/fall is looking quite busy. I will be mainly touring with Beginnings, Victor Wainwright and the Train, and the Shari Puorto band. Please check out my website for more details: www.dougwoolverton.com
Share with us a little something about the bands or the show that we WON’T see in the press release.
ALL of us in Beginnings love to have fun on and off the stage. We all get along so well and it truly shows whe we are performing on stage. Everyone in this band is an extremely talented musician AND we all grew up loving the band Chicago. Being able to perform the music of one of our favorite bands…… now that is magic!!! We all love performing and our musicianship shines at EVERY show. Our shows are very energetic and visually entertaining as well as the arrangements we perform are true to the band that we are tributing (Chicago). Rehearsals and continuing sectionals have allowed us to be completely true to “Chicago’s” sound. As a trumpet player, I couldn’t be performing in a better rock n roll horn band unless of course the band Chicago called me to sub for Lee Loughnane.
You are keeping great musical works alive and sharing them with new generations. How does that feel? Do you have a greater sense of responsibility because of it?
Well, this question really hits home to me. I am a proud father of my 3 year old son, Everett. It is not easy being a full time musician performing 265 shows all over the globe every year and trying to be the best dad I can, BUT I do it and LOVE it. My son is and will always be the greatest song I will ever play or write and I couldn’t be more proud of him and couldn’t be more proud to be a father. He LOVES music! He can play at least 5 notes on my trumpet (which is so hard t do). He loves to play his little drum set, and he loves to sit at the piano and play notes on it very often.
I do know my responsibility as a dad and musician which is to be the BEST I can be at ALL time. I am so thankful for FaceTime when I am on the road. And even more thankful when I get to spend quality time with Everett when I’m not “on the road”. I sure do miss him though when I’m gone.
I have also (in my travels) over that past 15 years given many masterclasses and clinics to students all over the nation from elementary to collegiat level. I love speaking and teaching students of all ages and love to inspire them about performing, teaching music, or life in general. Things we talk about are: stage fright, nervousness, soloing, improvisation, sound, listening, playing as a section, being a quality person, networking, etc. I enjoy working with students so much and want to keep the music in them, alive!
How does the music of Chicago and Motown resonate today? Feel free to be blunt.
Some of the best music ever written to this date.
OK, you’re gonna be on BROADWAY! How does THAT feel?
I love performing on Broadway! I can’t wait to be back in NYC!!! Growing up in NJ, I always get excited to come back east especially now that I live on the west coast (L.A.).
We (Beginnings) have an extremely busy summer (which is awesome) and will be rocking the sounds of the band Chicago all over the country!! So look out everyone, we are coming your way!!!
Something that is so important: I want to thank all of our fans who continue to support us and have supported us for over the past 10 years. I also want to thank all of our new fans for their support. The fans and the people that buy tickets to our concerts are who really deserve a HUGE thank you. Supporting live music is so important and we all truly love you for it. Thank you from all of us in Beginnings and from me personally. See you soon NYC!!!! We can’t wait!!!! Please check out our website for more info: