First Baritone/Second Tenor Horn
Yamaha Baritone Horn, model YBH621
Yamaha Baritone mouthpiece, similar to Bach 6-1/2
Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Beatles, Yes, Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Mahler
Roger is one of the co-founders of the Chicago Brass Band. He started playing trombone, baritone, and piano at the age of nine. In high school he was a member of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, and when he graduated, he received awards for Best Male Instrumentalist, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Male Actor. 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 is the manager and coach of the Chicago Brass Band Players, of which he has been 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. He currently plays the 1st Baritone part.
Roger makes a living designing artwork layouts of integrated circuits at Tezzaron Semiconductor in Naperville, and teaches low brass lessons on the side.