March 21, 1942 - January 28, 2016

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SUNDAY, April 3rd, 7PM

Hosted by former music students and friends, a special tribute concert to the late Clark “Doug” Burris will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7 p.m., at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. The free rock concert features Ex Norwegian, The Velocity Gospel, The Macsters and Spacekamel along with special performances by Rodolfo Troncoso, Jennifer Kaiser, Karen Feldner and David Weinstein.

The event’s lineup represents four decades of performers born through Burris’ inspiration, not just as a teacher, but also a friend and mentor. All groups are almost entirely comprised of former music students and aides. Burris, the beloved quadriplegic music teacher, fostered hundreds of artists through his 40-year tutelage at Miami Beach Senior High School and his Rock Ensemble program – the first ever of its kind – started back in 1972. Burris passed away on January 28th at the age of 73 after a lifetime battle with multiple sclerosis.

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    Walk and Roll by Doug Burris


    The Memoir

    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.

    Proceeds from the book goes directly to the Clark D Burris Scholarship Fund.


    Clark D. Burris Scholarship Fund

    Established to promote musical education for Beach High music students.


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    Please make checks payable to: Miami Beach Senior High Alumni Association 2000 NW 150th Avenue Suite 2106 Pembroke Pines, Florida 33028 *In the memo section: Clark D. Burris Scholarship Fund