Second Tenor Horn

Besson Tenor Horn, model Sovereign
Music Heroes:
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joe Alessi, Michael Mulchahy

Roger is one of the co-founders of the Chicago Brass Band. He started playing trombone, baritone, and piano at the age of nine. He completed his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he majored in Music Composition, and minored in Theory and Brass Performance.

After college, Roger moved to Chicago. He then took a break from music, studied engineering, and was employed as a printed circuit designer, and later, integrated circuit designer, in addition to occasionally getting by as a piano technician and private brass instrument instructor.

In 1996, he learned about brass bands on the internet and, looking for a more challenging ensemble, decided to start a new brass band. He founded the Prairie Brass Band in 1997. In PBB, Roger played tenor horn, tenor & bass trombone, and Eb Bass. He was also a member of the Prairie Brass Quintet, which won numerous awards at NABBA small ensemble contests.

Roger left PBB in 2002 to help start the Chicago Brass Band. Roger was on the Board of Directors of CBB from its beginning until 2007, and was the president of the Board for two years. For the 2008-9 season he was the manager and coach of the Chicago Brass Band Players, of which he was a member since its founding in 2002. In 2006 he was a soloist with the band, and in 2007, he won 2nd place in the NABBA Low Brass Slow Melody Solo competition on tenor horn.  For a few years, he played 1st baritone. He currently plays the 2nd Tenor Horn part.

Roger retired in 2015 from a career in electronics, and now plays trombone in a swing band, Dixie band, trombone quartet, and occasionally in a Klezmer band in addition to CBB.