Roger Owens

Roger Owens, percussion

           Roger Owens began drum lessons at age 9 and played his first professional job at age 12. With an intense love for all styles of music and the desire to expand his percussive abilities beyond the drum set, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Oklahoma City University under the instruction of K. Dean Walker. Roger has enjoyed a successful career in a wide variety of musical settings which include the Oklahoma Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic, Jewel Box Theater, Oklahoma Opera and Musical Theater Society Orchestra, and the American Music Festival Orchestra.
           As percussionist, Roger has appeared with Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Toni Tenille, and Electric Light Orchestra. In 1984 he was a guest performer with the world-renowned percussion ensemble NEXUS.
           On drums, he has performed with Vince Gill, Jennifer Holliday, The Platters, The Shirelles, Mitch Miller and Riders in the Sky, as well as countless concerts, club dates and recording sessions with local and regional acts.
           A member of the OKC performing ensemble Go for Baroque since 1993, Roger is also employed as a drummer for Lyric Theatre in addition to his position with the percussion section of the Philharmonic. He is very active in the freelance music scene in Oklahoma City and is a private percussion instructor for a few very select students.

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