June 10-13, 2015

University of Miami

Keynote Speaker – Doug Burris

In June 1971, Burris was hired at Miami Beach Senior High School to teach guitar. He was given permission by Beach High principal Dr. Solomon Lichter to form the first ever school rock band. In September 1972, founded the Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble.

On November 10, 2000, Burris was inducted into the Miami Beach Senior High Alumni Association Hall of Fame. On November 13, 2003, he earned the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2003 National Achievement Award. On February 10, 2005, he received the Florida State University Opperman Citation For Outstanding Accomplishment in Teaching and Leadership. On September 7, 2006, the Miami-Dade County League of Cities presented him with an award for 35 Years of Dedication to Music Education at Miami Beach Senior High School. In 2007, the Town of Surfside, Florida proclaimed June 12 “Doug Burris Day”.
During the 2011-2012 school year, Doug Burris announced his retirement from Miami Beach Senior High School. The City of Miami Beach Proclaimed April 11, 2012 as Doug Burris Day in recognition of his 40 years of commitment to the musical education of the students of Miami Beach Senior High School, the Arts and Entertainment Industry, and serving as a Beacon of Accomplishment for Others with Multiple Sclerosis and to the City of Miami Beach Community at Large.


June 19 – 21, 2014

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Keynote Speaker – Lamont Dozier

USC Vice Dean of Contemporary Music Chris Sampson hosts a conversation with songwriting legend, Lamont Dozier. Lamont Dozier, America’s Number One Songwriter has written over 54 #1 hits for the Supremes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and many other artists. The integral part of songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, he penned such timeless songs as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Baby Love,” “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” among other classics.