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Dr. Doug Overmier

Doug Overmier

Director of Bands

Dr. Douglas R. Overmier is a Yamaha Artist and the President of ArrO Music Publishing in Atlanta, GA. Previously, he held positions as Director of Bands at the College of Central Florida, Director of Bands and Percussive Studies at the University of West Georgia, and as the Assistant Department Chair and Director of Bands at North Carolina State University. Dr. Overmier also taught pubic school in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio where his ensembles earned superior ratings.

Overmier’s ensembles have received top honors at The Kennedy Center, three International Society of Music Educators biennial conferences, the national conferences of the National Association for Music Education, twelve state music conferences, regional television commercials, pro sporting events, CBS Television movies, National Public Radio, and in tours of Europe, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Antigua.

As a performer, he has appeared with renowned artists including Winton Marcellus, Alan Jackson, Mark Ford, David Friedman, Mary Wilson, Steve Houghton, Dizzy Gillespie, and David Samuels. His numerous performance credits also include The North Carolina Symphony, Triangle Opera Company Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony.

He is a published composer and arranger of over 300 band pieces, and more than 100 jazz, and percussion works. Many of these works can be heard on the Ozone Percussion CD “La Bamba” (Klavier Records), and “I Said Jazz” (Emerald Records). In addition, his music is featured in the CBS Television movie “Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story.” Overmier has authored numerous articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Instrumentalist magazines. His most recent book, “Approaches to Percussion Performance” has been adopted by numerous colleges and universities.

He is a member of the College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, Percussive Arts Society, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. 


  • University of North Carolina Greensboro Doctor of Musical Arts 1996
  • Ohio University Master of Music 1987
  • Ohio University Bachelor of Music Education 1982
  • Recent Publications

  • Approaches to Playing Percussion 2016
  • Marching Band Techniques 2014
  • Percussion Ensemble Literature 2009
  • Percussion Instruments in Graphic Arts in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Western Europe 1996