Doug Cotter

Doug began playing trumpet in the 6th grade in a small town in rural Virginia. His family moved to Pennsylvania where he attended Haverford Junior High, joining the marching and concert bands. In high school Doug expanded his musical involvement to include the high school concert and marching bands, the brass ensemble, the pit orchestra (for the school musicals), and the symphony orchestra. While in high school he began playing with the Philadelphia Eagles band, “Sound of Brass”.

While attending Salem Technical Institute in the late 1960’s, Doug performed with the Bonsal Blues Military Post Band in Woodbury until he entered the military service in 1969. Marriage and parenthood intervened in his musical pursuits, and Doug stopped playing. He began again in 1991 when he joined the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, NJ. One of his first jobs with the Hobos was the ticker-tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York City for the returning troops of Desert Storm.

Doug has been playing with the Salem County Brass Society for three years while continuing to play with the Hobo Band, and was recently recruited to play with the Civil War Era Philadelphia Brigade Band.

Most memorable musical performances: the ticker-tape parade mentioned above; Hector Berlioz’s Requiem with the combined Haverford High School and Bucknell University Chorus and Orchestra, and playing backup for Al Hirt with the Sound of Brass at an Eagles football game in Franklin Field.

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