Bobby Rogers

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, Conductor

Bobby Rogers is a graduate of Sonoma State University (B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Performance), Sacramento State University (M.A. in Wind Conducting) and Boston University (M.M.ed. in Music Education). 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. 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 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.

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 and Dr. Robert Halseth of Sacramento State University.

Throughout his career, 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 twice had the wonderful opportunity to conduct at Carnegie Hall. Rogers 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.

Photo by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

Bobby Rogers smiling at a piano