26 Nov Clark Douglas Burris—A Tribute
A unique, incredible human being.
An inspiration larger than life.
A tune, and a beat, that will be heard forever.
“For fifteen minutes, Freebird built to a cresendo with so many repeats of the chorus that I began to onder if anyone would, or even could, cue the ending! Someone finally did and the Freebird extravaganza ended with group bows to a standing ovation, and plenty of hugs onstage. In high school I dreamt of becoming a rock star. That night, I was!”
-Doug Burris, Walk and Roll excerpt
- Miami New Times (April 24, 2012) Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble Turns 40 and Its Creator, Doug Burris, Retires
- Miami Herald (April 2, 2000) Sunday morning TV show films band, teacher
- Miami Herald (June 3, 1999) Band’s Life Transformed To The Screen
- Miami Herald (May 13, 1999) Band Rock N Rolls to Superior Rating
Walk & Roll chronicles the remarkable life of Clark Douglas Burris, a pioneer in music education who founded the Miami Beach Senior High School Rock Ensemble, the first program of its kind in the world. Doug recounts his story with exquisite detail, humor, and uncanny insight into the peaks and valleys of directing alternative music programs for over forty years while enduring the physical challenges of multiple sclerosis. A triumph of the human spirit, Doug’s story demonstrates that passion and determination can overcome any obstacle. Like Doug’s students, readers will find ample inspiration to play in time, live in harmony, plug in, and crank it up.