Douglas Richard Norwine

Douglas Richard Norwine
Assistant Professor of Music, Commercial Music

Bachelor of Music, Bowling Green University

(864) 622-6021

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Improvisation, Music Theory, Orchestration, Survey of American Popular Music

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

After a successful music career in Los Angeles for 28 years, I felt it was time to give back. My passion and excitement come from seeing students grow in their craft. I enjoy working with the students and seeing their eyes light up when they understand a point I’ve been trying to make.


Collecting music and entertainment memorabilia and autographs, making high-voltage Tesla coils, arranging music.

Notable achievements outside of discipline

As a 10-year-old boy, I became fascinated with collecting a wide range of autographs and memorabilia. My collection now contains over 50,000 autographs and a vast amount of important pieces of music, film, movie, and historical memorabilia. I have been published in various books and magazines on vintage film and its influence on pop culture. Over the years, I have been asked to help authenticate autographs and memorabilia, and television hosts Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren have called on me as an expert in the field of entertainment and memorabilia.

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Am the baritone sax behind Lisa Simpson and her mentor, “Bleeding Gums” Murphy on the Fox television series, The Simpsons.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

Exciting, dynamic and interactive.


Doug has been featured on countless television shows and movies, including Rugrats, Married with Children, Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, The Tonight Show, True Lies, Ten Things I Hate About You, and Fright Night. He has also toured or performed with musicians including Pat Benatar, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr., Chaka Khan, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler and Frank Sinatra.

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Doug is also the Director of the Johnny Mann Center for Commercial Music and the Co-Director of AUthenticity