Doug Auwarter is a much sought-after drumset artist doing performances, clinics, and private teaching. Besides performing with virtually every major jazz artist in the Kansas City area, he has played numerous shows and concerts with such people as George Burns, the Smothers Brothers, Joan Rivers, the Drifters, Ben E. King, Martha and the Vandellas, Little Anthony, the Shirelles, Paquito d'Rivera and many others.
In the last decade, he has become known as a source for information on Cuban and Brazilian music. In his travels to Rio de Janeiro he has played with such notable musicians as Osmar Milito and Augusto Mattoso. In 1998, he paraded as a percussionist at the Sambadrome in Rio during Carnaval. Articles he has written on this and other types of music may be found in Percussive Notes (the journal of the Percussive Arts Society), The Pitch Weekly (Kansas City's arts and entertainment newspaper), and The Brasilians (a newspaper for “Brazil watchers” living in the United States.) In 1996, Doug launched the Brazilian Music bulletin board on America Online, and numerous short articles by him can be found there. In October of 2004, he toured southern Brazil playing jazz festivals with Angela Hagenbach, Osmar Milito, and Augusto Mattoso. He has also performed at festivals in Montreux, Switzerland and Marciac, France.
In Kansas City, he performs weekly with the Sons of Brasil as well as local jazz notables including Joe Cartwright and Angela Hagenbach. His work may be heard on recent recordings by The Sons of Brasil, Musa Nova, Joe Cartwright, Angela Hagenbach, and Karrin Allyson, among others.
Doug is currently an adjunct-faculty member at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Johnson County Community College, Missouri Western State College and Northwest Missouri State University. He has given numerous clinics on the music and drumming of Brazil, the Caribbean, as well as contemporary American styles to people of all ages, including primary and secondary schools, colleges, and professional master classes. He has taught professionally for over 30 years, and has had a studio at Explorers Percussion for the past twelve years. He is a Paiste Cymbal artist.