Nathan Douds is adjunct faculty in the Department of Music at Slippery Rock University. His duties include teaching intro to jazz, coaching the percussion ensemble and the steel pan ensemble, and teaching applied percussion and jazz piano lessons. He holds degrees from Youngstown State University (B.M.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.).
| Nathan Douds performs frequently as a freelance percussionist, pianist, and educator in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown areas. He has has been playing professionally since the age of fourteen and has played everything from jazz, pop, R&B, brazillian, afro-cuban, orchestral, chamber music, musical theater, elctronic, electro-acoustic, and several other styles. He has worked with many diverse artists and groups including Joe Lovano, John Hollenbeck, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Diamonds, the Coasters, The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, and several touring musical productions.
Mr. Douds is a founding member of the Percussion Art Ensemble (PAE) along with fellow members Craig Hill and Ron Coulter. PAE is a performance and education-based percussion trio that plays music ranging from traditional, contemporary, original, electronic, theatrical, and everything in between.
In addition to freelancing, Mr. Douds also spent four years as an active drum circle facilitator for the S.M.A.R.T.S. program (Students Motivated by the Arts), an outreach program for children in Youngstown, Ohio. The program offers arts oriented activities to those who might not normally have access to them.