Roger Owens plays third percussion in the orchestra. He began drum lessons at age 9, at 12 appeared on television with a band and by 15 was playing professionally. His career soon expanded to include teaching, musical theater, recording sessions and church gigs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from OCU. Rogers’s orchestral work began in 1985 with the Oklahoma Symphony, continuing with the OKCPHIL, Lawton Symphony and the Norman Philharmonic. Roger has been Third Percussion/Drum Set with the OKCPHIL since 1996, and drummer with Lyric Theater since 1998.

What is your favorite restaurant in the metro? My favorite restaurant is Eischen’s in Okarche. Only fried chicken in 100 mile radius that comes close to my grandma’s.

What were your childhood dreams? I had childhood dream of being an astronaut until I heard John Bonham on drums with Led Zeppelin. Then I wanted to be a rock star.