"Doug has every possible base covered in the
studio. You want someone who can step in on any instrument should
the need arise? You want someone to chart some horns? You want
someone who can produce and engineer circles around the competition?
You want someone to work his ass off and be reliable, dependable,
patient and organized? You want someone who is a great hang? Doug
Derryberry is your man."
—Chris Keup, Winner, ASCAP Sammy Cahn
Lyricist Award 2000
has been a constant thread through Doug's life. Born to a thoroughly
musical family, Doug began Piano lessons began at 5 and flute
lessons began at 11. But things took a different shape when Doug
started learning guitar at 13. Classical guitar and piano lessons
continued through high school. At 15 he commandeered his father's
dusty old open reel tape deck and began to learn about overdubbing
and songwriting and all the rest. Scary but exciting thoughts
of a life in music began popping into his head.
After a wonderful childhood rich in musical experiences Doug
wound up at Georgetown University studying international affairs.
But within the first week of being at Georgetown Doug landed his
first pro gig playing and singing in the piano bar at Mr. Smith's
in Georgetown 2-3 nights a week. He held this position for most
of freshman year which enabled him to buy his first electric guitars,
amps and PA gear. Also within that first week, Doug met and befriended
John Alagia. They soon
formed a band and ultimately pursued all sorts of musical projects
as a team from that point on. In addition to producing and releasing
3 CDs of their own band, Derryberry & Alagia, they worked
in the studio with tons of other bands like Vertical
Horizon, Everything, Edwin
McCain, Dave Matthews
Band, Ben Folds Five,
of Good Roots, Shannon Worrell, Gibb Droll Band, Jackopierce,
to Andy, Keller
Williams and many, many more.
In early '98 Doug's pals in Vertical Horizon introduced him
to Bruce Hornsby. Doug got an audition and was hired and has been
thrilled to be making music on stages and in the studio with Bruce
and the band ever since.
Doug lives in New York City where he regularly produces, engineers,
mixes, and/or plays on albums, plays live gigs, and creates original
music for films and tv commercials. Doug is a member of the National
Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the American Society
of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the American Federation
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