2017 Scholarship Winner – Dezmond (Moss) Rogers


 

Moss Rogers began his musical studies at an early age under the influence of his mother who is also a musician. He began performing at the age of three. For his musical debut, he dressed up as a Depression Era orphan and strummed a washboard while dancing on a washtub along to the music from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” He was a strolling musician with his mother at the Aiken’s Makin’ Music and Art Festival. Soon after, he expanded his performances to include singing at his local church and performing for events around his community. He was drawn to the Double Bass when he was ten years old because two older friends that he admired were both Double Bass players. He started studying Double Bass with David Warlick at the age of twelve. Within months he was performing again with his mother and sisters but this time as the Double Bassist for their touring Praise and Worship Team.

In 2012, he moved to Vero Beach, Florida and continued studying Double Bass with Lenore Peloso and electric bass with David Mundy at Indian River Charter High School. He spent a season with the Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra and performed Beethoven’s 5th and 6th Symphonies. He was the first Double Bassist from Indian River County to make it to All-State Orchestra. He has been in the All-state Honors orchestra in 2013 and 2014 and the Florida All-state symphonic Orchestra in 2016 and 2017. He is now a part of several ensembles including Jazz 100 with Roy Daniels and The Moss Rogers Trio with Robert Brown and Brandon Haffield. He now studies bass with Dr.Brian Powell of the University of Miami. Most recently he performs with the ICHS Musical Theatre company playing the Music for the Wizard of Oz with the IRCHS Orchestra. He also performs with his school Jazz band. He is now studying music theory with Dr.Ray Adams. In college he would like to study bass performance and conducting in addition to music theory. Moss has auditioned to UNF and UM. Moss also plays guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and dulcimer.

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