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Douglas Averill Baskin was born in Winona, Mississippi in 1952.  He lived in Mineral Wells, Texas and moved to Memphis, Tennessee at the age of four years old. Doug graduated from Bishop College in 1974 with a B. S. degree in Music Education. While there, he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. He received his Masters Degree in Secondary Education from North Texas State University in 1982.

Doug began his music ministry at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in 1972 and later became the Minister of Music.  He has been with the music department for 42 years, a Deacon for 28 years and named “Man of the Year” on three occasions.  

Mr. Baskin went to Carter High school as the assistant band director in 1975 and became the head director after his fourth year.  He was at Carter for a total of 29 years.  During his tenure at Carter, the bands (marching, pep, concert and jazz) became known for the high quality of music and musicians.  He has former students who have performed with Kirk Franklin, the DFW Mass choir, B. B. King, and Bobby Blue Bland just to name a few.  There are also many former students that are local church musicians, principals, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, managers, business owners, mechanics, barbers, students who have formed their own jazz/R & B/Brass bands and others that are graduates of the Carter band program that are in leadership positions.  A former student is now the director at Carter and Mr. Baskin currently is the assistant director to a former student at Zan Holmes MS.  The Carter band room was named in his honor in 2009.

Doug was named “An Outstanding Teacher” by the local Channel 4 news station, presented “A Celebration of African American Men” award from the Dallas Park & Recreation Department in 1994, named a 1st annual “Living Legend” by the Peoples Baptist Church in 2005, presented an “Honorary Life Membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society” in 2009, inducted into the “Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association Hall of Fame” in 2011, served as a clinician at TBA (Texas Bandmasters Association-San Antonio, Tx)-“Director’s Toolbox: The Urban Experience”- in 2011.  


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