FROM THERE, ROGER BEGAN PERFORMING AS A SOLO ARTIST IN A NUMBER OF VENUES IN NEWCASTLE AND SYDNEY.AFTER A LONG BREAK FROM THE LIVE MUSIC SCENE, ROGER BEGAN WORKING AGAIN ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, AS LEAD VOCALIST IN TWO CENTRAL COAST ROCK’N'ROLL BANDS, AND ALSO AS A RESIDENT SOLOIST AT THE SANDBAR RESTAURANT AT THE ENTRANCE.
FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, ROGER WAS THE GUITARIST AND VOCALIST WITH POPULAR DUO THE DUKES OF JIVE, DEVELOPING AN INCREDIBLY BROAD REPERTOIRE OF AROUND FOUR HUNDRED SONGS, TO SUIT EVERYTHING FROM PUB GIGS TO WEDDINGS AND DINNER DANCES.
FROM THE YEAR 2000, ROGER BEGAN WORKING SOLO, BLENDING FULL MIDI BACKING WITH SOME ACOUSTIC NUMBERS, MIXING THE REPERTOIRE TO SUIT THE VENUE. ROGER HAS BUILT ON HIS REPERTOIRE TO COVER AN INCREDIBLY BROAD STYLISTIC RANGE, CATERING EASILY FOR MOST TASTES. AS AN AGENCY MANAGED ACT, ROGER PERFORMED AROUND 100 GIGS PER YEAR FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.
ALONG THE WAY CAME THE COMBINATION WITH A FEMALE VOCALIST TO FORM SYNERGY, A QUALITY DUO WHICH BOASTED CLOSE TWO PART HARMONY THROUGHOUT ITS BROAD REPERTOIRE. THROUGHOUT THIS TIME, ROGER INTEGRATED DIGITAL MIDI BACKING AND DEVELOPED SKILLS IN EDITING AND PROGRAMMING COMPUTER GENERATED SEQUENCES.
IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, ROGER HAS RETURNED TO HIS ROOTS: WINDING IT BACK TO ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND VOCAL, ENJOYING THE OPPORTUNITY THIS GIVES TO COVER MUSIC FROM ACROSS A RANGE OF STYLES AND ERAS. A PERFECT BACKDROP TO YOUR EVENT.
AS A SCHOOL EDUCATION DIRECTOR, ROGER HAS ALSO HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO USE MUSIC AS A WAY OF CONNECTING WITH STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS.
IN ONE EXAMPLE, HE USED ONE OF HIS OWN ORIGINAL SONGS TO LAY DOWN THE VOCAL AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR TRACKS IN THE STUDIO AT NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL. A TEAM OF GREAT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THEN WORKED WITH THE SONG TO ADD DRUM, BASS, KEYBOARDS AND BACKING VOCALS TO CREATE A PRODUCED PIECE. YOU CAN HEAR THE END RESULT HERE.
ROGER ALSO USES LIVE ACOUSTIC SONGS WITHIN PRESENTATIONS TO EMPHASIS KEY MESSAGES AND PROVIDE A UNIQUE MODE OF DELIVERY.
Bob Barboza, Super School University, Kids Talk Radio wrote: “The 2011 Colorado TIE Conference was a success. We can thank Roger Pryor and the entire TIE Conference Team. It was so refreshing to listen to Roger Pryor’s keynote address about the educational system in Australia and the past, present and future of educational technology. In addition, we all were treated to his fine guitar playing and singing. Roger Pryor has the whole package in a keynote speaker.” July 11, 2011