ʽHis Eye Is on the Sparrow’ - Tribute to Martin “Dougie” Douglas
Late Founder of CrossFire Steel Orchestra & President of USSA
“Sitting in the rear of the Cathedral I thought it strange to read a few paragraphs about my friend. Almost a decade of stories, secrets flooded my mind. My associate occasionally swaying with pangs of grief, drying his face.
“All day his crass humor filled my ears: I couldn’t help but be in a cheerful mood. If Dougie’s voice wasn’t trapped in the funerary urn, we’d be sharing laughs, trading ideas, talking Pan... life.
“Once, he had come to my school and operations lead called my class “Mr. Rose, I think your father is here.” I shrugged and headed over to the main office. Dougie stood outside, with a leather cap and jacket, looking half-way between Santa Claus and Slickback. I hugged him then tried to clarify his identity with the office.
“As we walk in I’m asked “Is this your father?” Dougie replied, “I wish”.” --- Khuent Rose (Educator, Musician, Arranger, Tuner, Performing Artist)
Khuent Rose and Damany James