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Piece Title : Recital Pieces for Drumset
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Level : Medium-Advanced
Composer / Arranger : Rogers, Dennis (1947-)
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For over 40 years, Dr. Rogers has been teaching percussion students as they become professional performers and educators. He was at the University of Missouri at Kansas City – Conservatory of Music for nine years and has been at Missouri Western State University for 31 years. He is currently a Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Western. MWSU is located in St. Joseph, Missouri, the new home of the Kansas City Chiefs beginning the summer of 2010.

Dr. Rogers holds five degrees, a BM and MM degree in Percussion Performance from the Univerity of Missouri at Kansas City – Conservatory of Music and three degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City – School of Education: MA in Adult and Continuing Education; Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction, music and adult education.

Dr. Rogers also holds three levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification (a methodology which includes using percussion, singing and movement to teach elementary students K-6). He has taught percussion technique to elementary teachers during their Orff training at Colorado State Univeristy, Arizona State University and the Univeristy of Missouri at Kansas City – Conservatory of Music.

Since 2002, Dr. Rogers has received nine consecutive American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards for outstanding contributions in original compositions and current performance awards. In 2002 he was awarded the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching award (higher education) by Governor Bob Holden. Following are the awards Dr. Rogers has receved for outstanding teaching and noteworthy contributions made to Missouri Western State University: Jesse Lee Myers Excellence in Teaching (2002), Regents Distinguished Professor (2005) and Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty (2007). Between 1993 and 2003, Rogers was awarded nine Merit Awards by the Missouri Western State University Music Department. In 2009, the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Dr. Rogers with the Excellence in Higher Education award.

Dr. Rogers has published five books for drummers. Three are published by Southern Music Company (San Antonio, TX) and two are published by PercMaster Publications. His most recent book, EIGHT RECITAL PIECES FOR DRUMSET, includes a solo CD recorded and produced by Dr. Rogers.

Dr. Rogers is a very active performer and clinician. His activities have taken him to over half of the United States and on extended tours in Europe and the Far East. He served as music director and performed with the professional STICKS OF THUNDER, a percussion theater group. The Sticks group has performed two very successful nine-month runs at Kansas City’s Union Station and continues to perform for large corporate events, typically Fortune 500 company events.

In 1984, in an innovative approach to teaching percussion in a small classroom experience, he established the Dr. Rogers School of Percussion in Kansas City’s Northland. His school’s enrollment of sixty students has resulted in middle school and high school percussion students consistently achieving high levels of musical success in their school’s art programs and in scholarship opportunities.

Dr. Rogers can be contacted at Missouri Western State University, Department of Music.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Drumset Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Drum Set Solo
Instrumentation : Drum Kit
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
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Publisher :PercMaster Publishing
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During the Spring 2003 semester, an informal meeting took place in the percussion office at Missouri Western State University.  In attendance were Dennis Rogers, Director of Percussion Studies at MWSU, Kevin Bobo, adjunct instructor at MWSU and three very gifted and bright students who studied with Dr. Rogers and Mr. Bobo — Tracy Thomas, Jeff Siasoco and Aaron Williams.  During this discussion a question became very clear.  How can percussionists who are performers, teachers and composers own their intellectual property (compositions), print it, market it and sell it?

The answer?  Start a publishing company that moved away from publishing through a traditional publisher … PercMaster Publications.

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Duration :UnknownMinutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :one solo requires a double pedal while others are written for drumsets larger or smaller than a standard five-piece kit
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"Recital Pieces for Drumset is Rogers` "magnum opus." These eight solos represent a wide range of techniques and styles that will challenge and inspire even the most advanced drumset player. The traditional concept of the extended drum solo is explored in each of the eight compositions, and students will learn much about technically moving around the instrument as well as more advanced concepts such as pacing and building to a climax. Creative students will find a wealth of inspiring musical ideas for futher development. The accompanying CD featuring Rogers performing the solos will also provide inspiration to students who may be a little intimidated by the complex notation.

These solos are appropriate for high school solo music festivals and college senior recitals. Through these exciting solos, students stand to gain much technical and musical skills they may have never had the patience to gain through tedious, boring exercises."

Reviewed by Dr. Tom Morgan, Associate Professor of Music & Director of Percussion at Washburn University in Percussive Notes, the Journal of the Percussive Arts Society, Volume 38, No. 3, June 2000.


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