A marching musical organization directed by an alumnus associated with MSU College of Music was one of only six twelfth grade groups chosen to march inside 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in nyc.
David Rogers (B.A. ’95, M.A. ’02) led the Walled Lake Central senior high school band into the fabled parade that is seen by more than 3.5 million real time spectators and more than 50 million TV visitors. The 192-member Viking Marching Band had been selected from 175 candidates and was the actual only real musical organization from Michigan.
“The Macy’s parade is among the biggies like Rose Parade, ” Rogers claims. “It had been the feeling of a very long time. I really couldn’t be prouder of community for helping us make it and our children to rising into event.”The 192-member band from Walled Lake, Mich. is directed by David Rodgers.The Viking Marching Band was selected from 175 people and was the sole musical organization from Michigan.
Rogers claims he had been similarly pleased becoming representing the senior high school plus the whole state of Michigan. He shouted off to his alma mater, mentioning MSU Director of Spartan Marching Band John Madden, retired Professor Emeritus and retired Director of MSU Bands John Whitwell, and previous professors member and Associate Professor of Horn Janine Gaboury as major forces just who helped shape their profession.
“Without the type of help and pushing and belief positioned in myself by MSU, I don’t know in which I’d be these days, ” says Rogers. “MSU had been the foundation of my growth and it is a huge part of whom I am.”
Rogers holds both a master’s and bachelor’s level from MSU in which he studied songs education and wind carrying out, marched in the Spartan Marching Band, and served as a graduate associate towards University groups. He has been the director of groups at Walled Lake Central senior school since 1995, and took a one-year leave in 2000 to follow their master’s level in songs wind carrying out from MSU. Rogers oversees the entire Walled Lake Central High School band system, including three concert rings, a jazz ensemble, chamber ensembles, two winter season drumlines, two winter protections, plus the Viking Marching Band.
“I was therefore proud to listen to of this Walled Lake Central Band’s acceptance on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ” claims John Madden, manager associated with Spartan Marching Band and associate teacher into the university of Music. “The Macy’s Parade is a tough application and it also’s very hard for into as it’s considered a genuine feather in the parade globe. It couldn't shock me personally, but as Dave Rogers has consistently done great work with every area of his job. Their concert groups will always exceptional, along with his marching band system is well known as one of the finest in the state. Making the Macy’s Parade is much more research he and Walled Lake Central Bands tend to be creating a solid national reputation in the band world.”