Meet Mr. Oyster

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Roger Oyster is the only person ever to hold both the positions of Principal Trombone in a major US orchestra and Principal Euphonium/Euphonium Soloist with one of America’s premier military bands. He joined the Kansas City Symphony as Principal Trombonist in 1998, and has performed that position, as a member or guest musician, in several other orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, the National Symphony (Wash. D.C.), the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as with the Grand Teton Music Festival. In all, Roger has performed with fourteen orchestras worldwide. He can be heard on over 50 commercially released recordings with the St. Louis and Kansas City Symphonies, as well as with the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony; they include many Grammy Award nominees and two Grammy winners.

Roger Oyster was a member of the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” from 1981-87. As Principal Euphonium and Euphonium Soloist, he was a featured soloist with the Marine Band on over 80 occasions and on two national tours. He has performed as a euphonium soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, and “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Band, In addition to Kansas City and St. Louis, he has played euphonium and bass trumpet with several orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. For many years, Roger wrote the "Inside the Music" column for the Kansas City Symphony's program guide and was also a contributing editor to "Listener" and "Audiophile Voice" magazines, and has been published online on several occasions, including at

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