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Bobby Rogers - Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, conductor

Bobby Rogers has been Conductor of Repertory Orchestra since 2011. A graduate of Sonoma State University (B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Performance) and Sacramento State University (M.A. in Wind Conducting), he was the Region 3 finalist for California Teacher of the Year in 2009, Claus Noble Educator of Distinction in 2010 and Program of Excellence for top program in Yolo County 2015. Mr. Rogers is currently the music director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Adjunct Professor of Jazz Program at Solano Community College, Adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band, is finishing his term as Association President for Woodland Teachers Association, now serves on the California Teachers Association State Council of Education. He taught previously at Herbert Slater and Rincon Valley Middle Schools. Mr. Rogers has also taught for summer music programs at Sonoma State University, Cazadero Music Camp, Summer Music Camp at Stanley and a local program for students in jazz and classical styles in Woodland. He has served two terms as president for the Northern California Band Directors Association, 2009-2011 and 2013-2015 and has recently been appointed to the California Band Directors Association Board of Directors.
Mr. Rogers studied conducting with Craig Kirchhoff of the University of Minnesota, John Whitwell of Michigan State University, H. Robert Reynolds of University of Michigan and USC Thornton School of Music, Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University, Jack Stamp of Indiana State, Kevin Sedatole of Michigan State and Dr. Robert Halseth of Sacramento State University. His private teachers have included Mark Wardlaw, Mel Graves, Harvey Winapple, Mel Martin and Ernie Smalls.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rogers has been very active with pit orchestras and community orchestras including American Philharmonic, Camellia Symphony and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded on clarinet, saxophone and flute with various jazz and rock groups, such as Lee Press-On and The Nails, Moonlight Swing Orchestra–a Glenn Miller Tribute Band, Placer Pops Orchestra, Jimmy Luxury, Lucas Arts, Gwen Stefani, Coolio, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Joe Gilman, Steinway Artist Jim Martinez and Delfayo Marsalis. Mr. Rogers is the new director of the jazz program at Solano Community College. He currently performs around 100 events each year, including his Carnegie Hall debut in March of 2015, and he will be conducting the summer of the 2017 at Carnegie and Disney Hall.
Mr. Rogers lives in Woodland with his two daughters, Taylor and Hannah. He enjoys the art of a great BBQ, and running 10Ks and half marathons.

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