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James C. Rogers

Adjunct Instructor of Music


MM, 2008, Manhattan Schl Music; BM, 2006, Manhattan Schl Music


Professor James Rogers is honored to begin the position of trombone instructor at Hofstra University in 2018. In addition, he is the low brass instructor at The Kaufman Music Center in Manhattan and The Horace Mann School in the Bronx. Previously, he was the low brass instructor and music arranger at Bronx Charter School for the Arts. While touring with chamber ensembles Mr. Rogers has given masterclasses all over the country including Boston University, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Caracas. He received his Masters and Bachelors of Music at Manhattan School of Music and studied with Dave Taylor and David Finlayson. Mr. Rogers is originally from Northern California where is studied with Dave Ridge and John Engelkes while attending California State University, Hayward.

Mr. Rogers can be found playing in the New York metropolitan area in a very wide variety of styles and genres. In commercial music, he was a member of the orchestra for "Groundhog Day" on Broadway, the "New York Spectacular" Radio City Rockette show, a substitute musician on eight other Broadway shows and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He can be heard on J Cole's platinum selling, Grammy nominated album, "2014 Forest Hill Drive" and Zola Jesus's album "Taiga" (where he played the East Coast live tour). In orchestral music he has won positions with The Verbier Festival Orchestra, Symphony in C/Haddonfield Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He has also performed with the Princeton Symphony, Albany Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and New York's period instrument ensemble, the American Classical Orchestra. As an advocate for modern/experimental art music, Mr. Rogers has performed with TILT Brass, SEM Ensemble, and Either/Or Ensemble (what whom he recorded on "Chamber Music of Mark Gustavson"- Albany Records). In Jazz clubs he can be seen playing with the Revive Big Band while they back up countless R&B and Hip-Hop stars on NPR or filling in with Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland.

Mr. Rogers's main instrument is Bass Trombone but is an avid low brass doubler playing tenor trombone, contrabass trombone, euphonium, tuba, and Sousaphone.