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Bobby Rogers - Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, conductor

Bobby Rogers, conductor of the Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series, previously served as the conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra and has been the music director of the Yolo Community Band since 2005. A graduate of Sonoma State University (B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Performance) and Sacramento State University (M.A. in Wind Conducting), he is currently earning his Doctorate degree in Music Education through Boston University.  Rogers served in the 40th Detachment, first ID in the 59th Army Band “The Governors Own” on clarinet and saxophone. 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. Rogers is currently the Music Director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Director of the Jazz Program at Solano Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band. He has served as Association President for Woodland Teachers Association, and formerly served on the California Teachers Association State Council of Education. He taught previously at Herbert Slater and Rincon Valley Middle Schools. Rogers has also taught for summer music programs at Sonoma State University, Cazadero Music Camp, Summer Music Camp at Stanley and a 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 recently finished serving on the California Band Directors Association Board of Directors.
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, Rogers has been very active with pit orchestras and community orchestras including American Philharmonic (Cotati 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. He currently performs around 100 events each year, and had his Carnegie Hall debut in March of 2015, returning again for another concert in 2017. 
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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