Douglas Jones grew up in a musical family from Sayville, NY. He started playing the tuba at the age of ten in the elementary school band and began serious studies at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division when he was fifteen. Mr. Jones received a bachelor of music degree (performance) from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music (performance)from the New England Conservatory of Music.
In 2015 Douglas won an audition for a tuba position in the USAF Heritage of America Band. From 2016-2021, Mr. Jones served as an active-duty member of the USAF bands, stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Southeast Virginia. Before joining the USAF Heritage of America Band, Jones was an active freelancer and educator in Boston, MA. He has performed with the Boston, Vermont, Canton, Akron, and Youngstown Symphonies.
As the tuba player in the Kyodai Brass Quintet, Douglas has held fellowships at the Aspen and Norfolk Music Festivals, won first prize in the winds, brass and percussion division of the 2015 Plowman Chamber Music competition, and performed outreach residencies with the Detroit and Cleveland Chamber Music Societies.
His primary teachers throughout his career were Ronald Bishop (Cleveland Orchestra, retired), Yasuhito Sugiyama (Cleveland Orchestra), and Mike Roylance (Boston Symphony Orchestra).