Doug Rice is in his 18th year of teaching and 17th with the Union School District. For the past 13 years, he has co-directed the ensembles at Union Middle and High School with his wife Cassie. Prior to teaching in Union, he spent one year in Mountain Grove and two years as a graduate assistant at Missouri State.
Doug’s teaching duties at Union High School include marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz band and pep band. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band have earned top marks at MSHSAA festival for the past 10 years. In 2010, Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the MMEA Convention. At the middle school level, Doug is responsible for percussion and woodwind students in grades 6 – 8. Doug and Cassie are proud to host an annual Middle School Music Festival in Union which will celebrate it’s 38th year in 2020.
Doug earned his B.S. in Music Education from Southwest Missouri State (Missouri State) and his M.M. in conducting from Missouri State University. He currently serves as president of the East Central MMEA District #7 and previously served 8 years as the district’s band vice president. Doug had judged All-State Band saxophone auditions for the past 12 years and is currently lead judge. He is a member of the Friends Of Aaron jazz ensemble which performs throughout Franklin County. His professional affiliations include MBA, MMEA, NAfME, Phi Beta Mu and MSTA. Doug and his wife Cassie have been married for 17 years and have two children, Raegan (12) and Valerie (9).