Douglas David Major was born in Ashington, Northumberland, England on 26 August 1902. He was the son of David Cunningham Major and Dorothy Douglas Carss. He served as a bandsman in the Fusiliers Band of the Canadian Army during the Second World War. Thereafter, he taught music in public schools (District 20) and was later supervisor of music for Beaconsfield and Seawood schools in Lancaster. He was the first president of the New Brunswick Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (R.C.C.O.). He served as organist at St. Paul’s (Valley) Anglican Church and later at Centenary – Queen Square United Church. He served as assistant conductor of the New Brunswick Symphony. He was the founder and conductor of the Saint John Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singers Association (SPEBSQSA). As a composer he wrote several themes incorporating themes of New Brunswick’s music and lore, including the folk opera “The Loyalists” which was first produced in 1967. In 1962 he was awarded a Canada Council grant for summer study at Boston University. A prize is awarded each year in his memory to a deserving junior competitor at the New Brunswick Festival of Music He was married twice. His second wife was Ethel Orenda Odgen (1918-1998). They were married on 17 October 1945 in the Waterloo Street Baptist Church in Saint John, New Brunswick. He had four children: Mrs. Clarence Delahaye, Judi, Desmond and John. He died in Saint John, New Brunswick on 14 July 1969 and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery.