Doug Pierce, an extremely gifted and talented composer/orchestrator, arranger and trumpeter hails from the motor city; Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is known for having produced some of the finest jazz musicians in the world. During his time in Detroit Doug has had the great opportunity to study with quite a few internationally recognized jazz musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Rayse Biggs, Jimmy Wilkinson, Larry Smith, Kenneth Cox, Teddy Harris Jr., Russell Green and Herbie Williams. In the Fall of 1993 Doug continued his professional music studies with a two-year stint at Michigan State University's music program. Here he studied music theory and composition.