Michael Rogers - Music Faculty

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Michael Rogers (superlocrian@sbcglobal.net)

A product of local James Bowie High School in Arlington, Mike Rogers attended the University of Texas at Arlington from 1983-85, received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University in 1988 and Masters Degree in Music Education in 1992 from the University of North Texas.

Mr. Rogers worked as a public school band director for eleven years in the DFW metroplex, teaching at L.H. Rather Jr. High (Bonham), Barnett Junior High School (Arlington), Arlington High School, Mesquite High School, and James Bowie High School (Arlington). Under his direction, Mr. Rogers’ bands have won numerous awards. His Marching bands have been awarded first place trophies in both music and marching captions at various contests and were consistent finalists in marching band competitions. As a concert band director Mr. Rogers is a UIL 5A Sweepstakes Band Director, receiving consistent division one ratings. As a jazz band director, his bands have won many festival competitions throughout the Southwest, including first place in 7 of 8 contests entered during his last two years at Bowie High School.

Before teaching, Mr. Rogers focused on trumpet playing and may be heard on recordings with the University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Orchestra, the UTA Marching Band (featured soloist), the Texas Christian University Jazz Ensemble, and the University of North Texas Two O’Clock Lab Band. Along with these recordings, Mr. Rogers has also had the opportunity to perform with Pete Peterson and the Collection Jazz Band, the Harvey Anderson Big Band, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and the world renowned UNT One O’Clock Lab Band.

In addition to teaching and performing, Mr. Rogers has arranged pieces for Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band, has had several Christian hymns published, and has also had some contemporary Christian songs recorded by Word recording group Acappella.

In the Fall of 2005, Mr. Rogers was awarded a Music Theory Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas, and since then has taught various levels of Undergraduate Ear Training in the Music Theory department at UNT. In the Fall of 2006, Mr. Rogers was selected by the UNT Theory faculty to receive the competitive Mattie Jo Payne Music Theory Scholarship.

Alongside teaching at DBU, Mr. Rogers is currently continuing work toward a PhD in Music Theory at the University of North Texas under major Professors Graham Phipps, Joán Groom, and Frank Heidlberger, and is a member of UNT’s Graduate Music Association “GAMuT,” as well as the Society for Music Theory and the Texas Society for Music Theory.


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