Mekel Rogers has been involved in music education as a middle school band director since 1995. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Appalachian State University, a charter member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and the founding conductor of the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mekel is also active as a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band events.
The compositions for concert band that Mekel has written for The FJH Music Company Inc. have received several Editor’s Choice Awards from the J. W. Pepper Music Company. In addition, works written by Mekel have been performed nationwide at various district and state honor band events, music educator association conferences, adjudicated festivals, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. International performances include concert band festivals in Canada and Australia as well as world premieres in London, England and Paris, France.
Mekel was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) in 2008 and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter and performs occasionally with the Quintessence Wind Quintet.