November 2007 Issue
Douglas Blue Feather
Springboro. He was born in Akron and grew up in Findlay.
Married to Debra, with one daughter, Jennifer, and three grandchildren.
He’s a recording artist, performer and songwriter, translating his Cherokee heritage and love of music into a career as a flutist. He performs about 200 times a year, often at Native American events and historical sites.
HIS WORK ON CD:
He’s released seven discs, most recently the 13-song “Spirit of the Flute.” He produces them himself (www.douglasbluefeather.com
Numerous, but he’s especially proud of having won four Native American Music Awards, including “Flutist of the Year” in 2003.
He retired as a Dayton police officer in 2000, after 14 years on the force — which included time as a drummer in a local police rock band called COPR’Z.
LOOKING FORWARD TO:
More recording projects; he’s considering a CD of vocal music, and also a “storytelling CD with flute in the background.”
WHY THE FLUTE:
“It feels very easy and natural for me to play, and it has the ability to touch people in very heartfelt ways. It’s a very emotional instrument. I get lots of e-mail from people who say that my music has gotten them through difficult times in their lives, and the feedback I get from them is really what motivates me.” — RON ROLLINS