A. Douglas Whitten has been the Director of Athletic Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Pittsburg State University since 2003. Prior to his appointment at Pitt State, Dr. Whitten was the Associate Director of Athletic Bands at Boise State University, Director of the Marching Band at The University of Dayton, and taught public school bands in Idaho and Nevada. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Masters of Music from Boise State University, and earned his Doctorate in Education from Boise State University. Dr. Whitten's influential teachers include Dr. A.G. "Mack" McGrannahan from the University of Nevada, Phil Sinder of Michigan State University, Marcellus Brown, David A. Wells and Dr. Michael Fischer of Boise State University, and Mark Evans of the Deutche Oper in Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Whitten has performed worldwide as a member of U.S. Army Bands and as a freelance musician. Highlights of his performance career include performances with several professional symphony orchestras in the United States and in Europe, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and with popular entertainers such as the Moody Blues, Wayne Newton, Andy Williams and the Captain and Tennille.
Under Dr. Whitten’s direction, the “Pride of the Plains” Marching Band has grown to 200 marching members and has earned a national reputation for its excellent and entertaining shows. The band was one of 5 bands featured on CNN’s “Battle of the Band,” and was chosen to be part of the soundtrack to the 2012 Hollywood movie “The Campaign” starring Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis.
When not making music or teaching at Pittsburg State University, Dr. Whitten entertains himself with cycling, coaching and playing roller derby, and seeking out culinary adventures.
Pride of the Plains Marching Band
Ed.D. (candidate), Boise State University, Idaho, U.S.A.
M.M., Boise State University, Idaho, U.S.A.
B.M., University of Nevada - Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.