Rock Ensemble Teacher Prepares Farewell Performance

MIAMI BEACH – ( — In his 40 years leading Miami Beach’s Sr. High School’s Rock Ensemble, Doug Burris hasn’t skipped a beat.

In fact, his legacy as a teacher who launched the first official School of Rock has had enormous success. Many of his students have gone on to pursue professional musical careers.

Now, Burris who has mostly taught from his wheelchair after Multiple Sclerosis left him paralyzed, is preparing to bid farewell to his own career as he plans to retire at the end of this school year.

But this music man is preparing a big time performance expected to crowd the school’s auditorium this Saturday night. The performers will include current and former students dating back to the early 70s when Burris himself got his start at the school.

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