Professor of Trumpet and Director of Brass Instrument Studies at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, Douglas Hedwig was the first trumpeter to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Juilliard School. He has performed throughout the world as trumpeter and conductor, and has recorded more than 40 CDs, DVDs, and LPs in all musical styles, ranging from classical to jazz.
Over the course of a 40 year career, Dr. Douglas Hedwig has worked and performed with many of the acknowledged masters of 20th Century music, including: Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Richard Rodgers, Erich Leinsdorf, Rafael Kubelik, James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Vivian Fine, Richard Adler, and Richard Franko Goldman. Not limited to the classical music world, he has also played lead-trumpet with jazz singer Mel Torme, pianist/composer Dave Brubeck, with The Jackson Five, Sam & Dave, and Salsa/Latin-Jazz legend Larry Harlow.
From 1973 to 2000 he performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as a Tenured-Associate Member. During this time he participated in over 750 performances, live international television and radio broadcasts, and recordings. He toured Mexico, USA, and Canada with the Mexico City Philharmonic, performing in virtually every major concert hall in North America. He performed with the orchestras of the Cuban National Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company, as well as the American Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic. His many solo and chamber music performances have met with wide critical acclaim.
As Founding Member and Music Director of The Metropolitan Brass Quartet (1976-1986), he toured throughout the world under the management of Columbia Artists Management, and Maxim Gershunoff Attractions, Inc. According to Audiophile Magazine, the Metropolitan Brass Quartet is considered one of the most important groups in the "Brass Chamber Music Renaissance" of the final quarter of the 20th Century.
As a member of the Piedmont Brass Quintet he toured extensively for the Southern Arts Federation, and recorded an album of 20th Century brass music from Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, and the United States. As part of the quintet's Artist Residency at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Douglas Hedwig served on the trumpet faculty, receiving a rating of 3.9 (out of a possible 4.0) in the Purdue University College Teacher Evaluation.
As Co-Founder and Executive Director of Orvieto Musica (a chamber music festival in Orvieto, Italy), Dr. Hedwig conducted the Wind Band and Brass Ensemble to appreciative audiences throughout north-central Italy and Switzerland. Prior to this, he conducted the Brass Ensemble of Sessione Senese per La Musica, in Siena, Italy. As Director and Conductor of the Brooklyn College Brass Ensemble, he has led the ensemble in tours of England, Switzerland, and Germany, including residencies at The Royal Academy of Music (London) and the Karlsruhe Conservatory (Germany), and in performances at Columbia University, Long Island University, and the Metropolitan Opera House (NYC). He has conducted the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble (ConTempo), and Big-Band, and has served as Director and Conductor of the Conservatory Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Hedwig created the first school-based British-Style brass band in the United States at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School (NYC). He led the St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's Brass Band on a tour of England, culminating in a performance by the band as part of a massed-brass ensemble of over 100 performers from the U.S. and England, in a sold-out concert at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
Douglas Hedwig is Conductor and Commander of the 89th Army Band, New York State Guard; also known as the "New York Guard Band." Under his direction, the band has given recent performances at The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, the President Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & National Historic Site, and veterans' homes and hospitals in New York State. As an officer with the New York Guard, Captain Hedwig continues to offer voluntary service to the citizens of New York, and helps support the Homeland Security missions of the National Guard, with which he also serves as a member of the Military Forces Honor Guard of the State of New York. [Web-Link: NY Daily News Article]
Recognized for his research and scholarship as well as performance, Dr. Hedwig was a member of the Music History Faculty of the Juilliard School (1984-87), where he lectured on Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Period music. Many of his former students are now members of such major ensembles as the NY Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, while others have gone on to teach in the finest colleges, and public, private and parochial schools throughout the US.
Douglas Hedwig is an internationally recognized authority on the music, history, and symbolism of the 19th Century European Posthorn. He has been invited to give lecture-recitals and papers on this topic throughout the world, including: International Trumpet Guild Conference (Bangkok, Thailand), Cite de le Musique (Paris, France), Historic Brass Society Festival (Bad Saeckingen, Germany), International Brass Symposium (Basel, Switzerland), New York Brass Conference (Purchase College, NY), Bennington College (Vermont), Oberlin College (Ohio), Goucher College (Maryland), and Brooklyn College, CUNY (NY).
Dr. Hedwig recorded two CDs playing on the English Slide-Trumpet (c. 1815) with the Federal Music Society. As a member of the Federal City Brass Band (Baltimore, MD), he regularly performs and records on original cornets of the mid-19th Century, and has conducted research on brass instrument performance-practice unique to that style and period. Douglas Hedwig's doctoral dissertation is entitled, "The Trumpet and Organ as a Recital Ensemble," and he is widely known as an authority on original 20th Century and Baroque Period repertoire and performance-practice for this musical combination. Dr. Hedwig's most recent area of research relates to the Cornet Solos of the Paris Conservatory (c. 1900-1920), and a new CD is now in the planning stages to record many of these previously unrecorded gems. His long-term research and performance plans relate to the exploration, performance and recording of music for solo trumpet with contemporary mixed media.
Dr. Douglas Hedwig is the recipient of awards and honors from: U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, City Council of New York, Brooklyn Borough President, New York State Arts Council, New York City Fire Department, and the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. Douglas Hedwig served on the Fulbright Music Committee for five years, and served as judge for the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition.
When not actively engaged in professional trumpet playing, conducting, teaching, and research, Doug enjoys free time with his wife, Mimi, and his son, Marcus, and Golden Retriever, Rufus. Mimi Jones Hedwig is formerly a Senior Editor at Reader's Digest Magazine, and is currently writing her third novel. Marcus is about to graduate from State University of New York at Oneonta, with a major in Geography, and a minor in Audio Recording.
Doug managed to combine his passion for baseball with his trumpet playing for portions of five glorious summers traveling across the U.S. with his then young son, Marcus. From 1995 through 1999, Doug and Marcus performed the National Anthem as a father and son duo (Doug on cornet, Marcus on baritone horn) at 59 minor and major league ballparks in 35 states and 2 Canadian provinces. Here is a link to an article about this, originally published in Reader's Digest Magazine in June 2007: