Douglas J. Neel serves as the Principal Trombone for the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (Adrian, MI). Additionally, Douglas is the Instructor of Jazz/Contemporary Guitar at the University of Findlay and works as a freelance performer/educator. Douglas has also served on the faculty at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Bowling Green State University, Tiffin University, and Terra State Community College during his career.
As a freelance musician, Douglas has performed with numerous artists/ensembles/groups throughout Central and Northwest Ohio, including Trio NOT, the Michael Shirtz 4tet/5tet, The Pinup Project, The Conspiracy Band, Yumbambé, Paul Brown’s Science Gravy Orchestra, Central Ohio Brass Band, The Dominion Brass, the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, the Student Loan, Soul Kitch’n, Matt King & The Roustabout Band, and the Broadway touring shows of Hairspray, A Chorus Line and Chicago. Additionally, Douglas has shared the stage with such greats as Melissa Manchester, Jay Ashby, Elizabeth Von Trapp, Aretha Franklin, and continues to lead his own Trio/4tet on a variety of performances.
In addition to being an Edwards artist, Douglas is also a Performing Artist for Benedetto Guitars and performs throughout the region as a trombonist, 7-string guitarist, and bassist. He holds degrees from the Capital University- Conservatory of Music (BM, Music Performance) and Bowling Green State University – College of Musical Arts (MM, Dual Specialization).