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Doug Haise - Carlsbad, Ca

DOUG HAISE grew up in Wauwatosa, WI, a lovely older suburb of Milwaukee, and there had private piano lessons from age 7 to 10 when he “hit a mountain known as ‘the scales’” – but continued to play for his own and others’ enjoyment. He obtained a BA from UCLA film school and worked in “the biz” for 11 years thereafter, including at three major studios — but since 1987, he has supported himself entirely from playing ragtime, now playing at more than 75 senior facilities, residences and day centers in Southern California, Wisconsin and south central Indiana. His repertoire numbers 850 selections, nearly all of which are ragtime. Saying “I may retire when I reach 1,000!,” he has been appearing at RagFest on and off for the past decade.

 
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