Throughout his long career in the musical arts, Dr. Douglas Hedwig has pursued a wide variety of expression. As a trumpeter, he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (27 years), privileged to perform with the greatest conductors and soloists of his generation. As an international recording artist, his trumpet playing may be heard on over 40 major albums of music ranging from chamber music to Broadway shows to jazz, including the Grammy Award winning recording of Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” with the Houston Grand Opera (RCA).
While pursuing an active performing career in New York City, Hedwig simultaneously lectured on music history as a faculty member of The Juilliard School, and later served on the faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (City University of New York), where he is now Professor Emeritus. During his time in Brooklyn, Hedwig conducted various ensembles, and created and taught special seminars in contemporary performance practice. He also served as Commander & Conductor of the 89th Army Band, New York Guard (Major-NY, retired), having enlisted following the events of 9/11/2001, and was guest-conductor with the U.S. Army Band at West Point.
Long interested in musical composition, in 2009 Douglas Hedwig was commissioned by NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to compose music for his second inauguration ceremony. Since then, Hedwig’s musical life has centered primarily on creating multiple new works for strings, brass, percussion, organ and concert band, including the recent premiere of a commissioned work by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga (May 2015). His music is published by Carl Fischer Music and TNR Music Publisher, Inc.
In 2013, Doug and his wife, Mimi Jones Hedwig, moved to Chattanooga, TN.