Festival Artist

RODGER LEE – trumpet and brass ensembles

Rodger Lee has performed with several modern orchestras including The New York Virtuosi, Merrick Symphony, West End Symphony, The New York Ragtime Orchestra, Westchester Broadway Theater and The American Chamber Orchestra. His Broadway credits include “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Wonderful Town,” “Assassins,” “The Frogs,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Putting it Together,” “Bells Are Ringing,” “Peter Pan” (Broadway show and national tour), “Flower Drum Song,” and “Les Miserables. ” Mr. Lee has performed on natural trumpet with several period instrument groups: Strings of Lafayette (Washington D. C.), Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Centenary Festival Orchestra (The Big Gig, Richmond, Virginia), Ars Antiqua Ensemble, the Harmonium Chamber Singers (New Jersey), Consort Royal (New York), American Classical Orchestra (New York), Connecticut Early Music Society, Clarino Consort, Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon) and Trinity Consort (Oregon), Schola Cantorum on Hudson (Jersey City) and Miami Bach Society (Miami, Florida). His trumpet ensemble, Royal Brass, Inc., has performed over 6,000 affairs in the tri-state area in the past 20 years. As a recording artist he has produced his own albums such as “New American Trumpet Sonatas,” “Ceremonial Wedding Music” and is on the Broadway recording of “Scarlet Pimpernel” as well as several period instrument recordings around the country. Currently, he performs in the 12-piece funk/soul band Soul Be It, which has just finished recording its third DVD. He has a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from SUNY Purchase, a master’s degree from CUNY Brooklyn College, and has finished the course work towards his doctorate at CUNY Graduate School and University Center. At CUNY Brooklyn College Mr. Lee taught music courses and was assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble. He now teaches at the LIU Post Campus as an adjunct professor of trumpet. Mr. Lee is also currently teaching music theory and history at Nassau Community College in Garden City.