Doug Cameron: Guiding Young Musicians

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Violinist, composer, and arranger Doug Cameron of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) has long been seen as an innovator of contemporary violin worldwide. He has recorded and performed with a wide range of artists-Doc Severinsen of Locals 47 and 802 (New York City), George Benson of Local 802, Tom Petty of Local 47, and more. He also frequently performs as a soloist with orchestras.

His eight CDs include his original music and span genres from his primary focus of jazz, to Celtic music, and often feature musicians like Local 47 members David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, Boney James, Gerald Albright, Joe Sample, Russ Freeman, and Russ Ferrante. His most recent recording, the two-CD set Different Hats, was recorded in Sydney, Australia, where he performs regularly.

Aside from playing violin all around the world, the 58-year-olds passion is teaching, particularly working with young people. Having observed how schools have progressively cut back on music programs, he's made it his mission to teach music to students who have suffered from this plight.

"I am doing what I can," he asserts. "The unfortunate reality of a lot of the classes I do is with kids who already have violin or string instrument lessons privately. I am hoping to start a foundation where I can get to kids who don't have the means to start with music."

At every one of his concerts he gives a speech stressing the importance of music in schools. …