Doug Davis Composition/Performance Award
For 26 years, Dr. Doug Davis has been sharing his musical talents with the California State University community and beyond as a professor of composition and director of the jazz ensemble. CSU Bakersfield jazz groups are consistently among the best at the largest competitive collegiate jazz festival in the western United States, having won in the small group category seven times. In addition, they have twice been awarded the top Community Big Band award and won the top honor as Four-year Collegiate Big Band. In the greater CSUB community, Davis is probably best known for leading the Bakersfield Jazz Festival. For 21 years this two-day event has regularly featured Grammy-winning and poll-winning artists along with student and local groups. Dr. Davis graduated summa cum laude from University of Tennessee and studied at Harvard University where he received his M.A. and Ph.D in musical composition. Dr. Davis is a recipient of the prestigious Harvard Graduate Prize, the Arts Council Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement (1989 and the Outstanding Professor California State University, Bakersfield (1997). In the spring of 2003, Dr. Davis received the prominent Wang Award for Excellence.