About Doug Elliott
Doug Elliott is a professional tenor and alto trombonist, brass teacher, clinician, and mouthpiece maker. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Doug was solo jazz trombonist with the USAF Airmen of Note from 1989 to 1996. He has recorded with the Bill Potts Big Band, the Bruce Gates Big Band, and the Airmen of Note, among others. He is currently playing lead trombone with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, as well as free-lancing in the Washington, DC area.
In 1981 Doug Elliott established his mouthpiece shop. Since then he has continued to develop and refine his designs to meet the exacting needs of professional players in many different settings. All mouthpiece components are precision hand-crafted in his shop, ensuring the highest standard of quality.
This catalog lists some of the professional players currently enjoying the superior playing quality of Doug Elliott Mouthpieces, and the equipment they use, along with mouthpiece comparison charts. You may find this information helpful in determining a reasonable range of possibilities for your particular playing situation.
Brass instruments are available in a wide variety of bore sizes and configurations, and likewise, but more importantly, brass players come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and embouchures. These physical differences extend to facial structure and proportion, and are affected by such elements as jaw, teeth, lip length and texture. Mouthpiece placement and horn angle may also vary considerably from one player to the next. In order to achieve success and longevity as a brass player, it is extremely important to find equipment that works with your physical setup and not against it. Doug Elliott's three piece system, with its wide range of component sizes, offers an extraordinary selection of mouthpieces to accomodate the physical and musical needs of all low brass players.Doug's vast knowledge of both embouchures and mouthpieces can help you decide what to order. Don't hesitate to ask for advice.