John Roggensack is a saxophonist and music educator residing in Calgary, Alberta. He is currently the Program Facilitator for Custom Workshops at Mount Royal University Conservatory and has been responsible for the program’s development since its inception in 2014. The program has a roster of nearly 150 clinicians/guest conductors and services approximately 220 Calgary region school music programs annually. The program also creates professional development opportunities for teachers and individualized mentorship programs.
He is a graduate of Grant MacEwan University and continued his studies at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (UK). He is an active performer, clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator in western Canada. John has previously co-directed award winning jazz ensembles at both Bishop Carroll High School and St. Mary’s High School in Calgary. He has an intimate knowledge of big band pedagogy, jazz improvisation, theory, jazz history and commercial music arranging. He has strong roots in the music community, is a director at large with Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education, has previously served on the Calgary Board of Education’s Fine Arts Council, is a delegate of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is a member of the National Association of Music Educators and the Alberta Band Association. As a performer since returning from the UK, John has performed at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, CJazz festival, JazzYYC Summer Festival, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Lethbridge Jazz Festival, Sylvan Lake Jazz Festival, Edmonton Blues Festival, Vernon Jazz and Blues Festival, Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival to name a few. Through the years he has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with Doc Severinson, Wycliffe Gordon, Allen Vizutti, Claudio Roditti, Ingrid Jensen, Paul Wertico, Phil Woods, Pete Christlieb, Adam Rapa, Oliver Jones, PJ Perry, Tommy Banks, Bob Stroup, Guido Basso, Colin James, Aaron Neville/Neville Brothers, Mike Herriott, Andrea Tofanelli, Brad Turner, Hugh Fraser, Jens Lindeman, Mike Murley, Hilario Duran, Roberto Occhipinti, Chris Mitchell, Jorge Luis Papiosco, Dick Oatts, Eric Marienthal, Alastair Kay, Wayne Bergeron, James Zollar, Eli Bennett, Matt Catingub, Bob Mintzer, Ignacio Berroa, Mary Wilson, Jamiroquai, Lil Anthony and the Imperials, The Drifters,The Coasters, Sean Jones, Bryan Lynch, Ted Nash, The Real Deal Band, Eric Friedenberg Orchestra, Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble and is a full-time member of Calgary’s Primetime Big Band. He is married to a very understanding wife, has two daughters, and spends far too much time fly-fishing.