Little Square Wheels
Doug Fleming is committed to creating and performing engaging music primarily for children ages one through eight-year olds that promotes movement, learning and having fun. Music has always played a prominent role in Doug Fleming's life. He launched his professional music career early when, in fifth grade, he landed his first gig as lead guitarist in a local band, 'The Peacemakers.' Besides playing in and writing pop-style songs for Seattle-based bands throughout his youth, Fleming regularly participated in school musical events including a lead in 'The Mikado' and minor roles in two other Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. As a student at University of California Santa Cruz, CA, he began writing pop/rock tunes in earnest. In the mid-80's, he returned to his native Seattle where he contunied to play guitar with regional groups, write music and pursue an early childhood education certificate and teaching credential. In the early 1990's, Fleming landed a teaching position in Seattle's Head Start program. Inspired by the need to jazz up the curriculum, he began writing and performing music that taught kids while they had fun singing and dancing. His songs were a big hit. After almost a decade of teaching and writing tunes for his class, Fleming decided to take the next step and cut his first CD-'Little Square Wheels.' Released in March 2000, Little Square Wheels is a unique CD wholly written and performed by Doug Fleming under the independent label iPoet Music and the direction of Bill Rigert. An enchanting collection of children's songs, the CD features catchy tunes that teach on to eight-year olds important subjects life colors, shapes and social graces. It's easy-to-listen-to style has a sincere, yet fun chemistry that makes 'Little Square Wheels' a favorite with adults as well as children. Fleming launched 'Little Square Wheels' with live performances in the Pacific Northwest in mid-year 2000 and through the website 'mp3' whre it was that years holiday season's kids-label top seller. Three more CD's, 'Shufflin' Farm', 'In Our Circle', & 'Shake, Shake, Shake' (The latter two on Fleming's new Little Square Wheels label)would follow in 2001, 2003, & 2004 respectively. He books an average of 400 shows per year in retail stores, malls, and schools, including Ronald McDonald House, the Hutch School, Barnes & Noble, and Borders Books, through which he has developed a loyal following of committed fans.