Michael Rogers, Baritone

"When we’re on the stage for the first performance and the nervous energy ensues, it’s so worth it!"

Meet Baritone Michael Rogers! Michael has been singing with Reveille for 7 years and has served on the board of directors for nearly as many years. As a board member Michael has worn many hats, from Treasurer to Technology and Internet Manger, to supervising all of Reveille’s printing projects. Besides all that he has a beautiful voice and has had several solos over the years in Reveille productions.

When were you born?  Klamath Falls, Oregon

Where did you grow up?   Pleasant Hill, Oregon

When did you move to Tucson?  1980

What brought you to Tucson?  A car.  Seriously, I was 18 and had just graduated high school, and mom wanted to move to Arizona.  No choice there, really.

What do you do for a living?  IT Operations Manager.  I’m the computer and help desk guy at my credit union.

How long have you been with Reveille?  2006 for the Reveille Pride concert at Eller at University of Arizona.

What motivated you to join?  I had just come out a few months earlier (February 2006 to be exact), and was recruited by Brian Hart.  I had been at karaoke at IBTs.

What keeps you coming back?  Honestly, I’m usually clueless to the reason every week.  However, when we’re on the stage for the first performance and the nervous energy ensues, it’s so worth it. 

For years now you have done so much for Reveille as a singer and board member, what keeps you motivated to do what you do?   I definitely like to keep busy.  Most of the jobs that I picked up were not only my forte, but also no one was there at the time that I picked them up.  Although I’ve pulled back some on the duties, my strengths lie with the tasks that remain.

Have things changed much since you joined?   A lot!  When I joined, the Christmas concert was a stand and sing event with tuxedos.  Shawn changed this so much, to become what I think is the premier LGBT chorus of Arizona.

If you could pick any song for Reveille to sing what would it be?   Shapoopie from The Music Man.

What is your fondest Reveille memory so far?  Last year’s Christmas concert, where there so much emotion out of the audience from the music that was chosen.  Second was (selfishly of course) the Viva La Diva mashup duet with Scott that was arranged by Brad Holland.

When you were a little boy what did you dream of being when you grew up?  So many years ago!   I suppose it was the 60s version of mid-level management, with a secretary.  Sorta like Mad Men now.

What do you like to do for fun (besides Reveille)?  Karaoke, when I have time.

What's your favorite place to hang-out here in Tucson?  IBTs, I guess.  It was the first gay bar I went to after coming out.

What's your favorite movie?  Somewhere in Time.  Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.  I’ve got a picture of the two actors on my desk at work. 

Besides choral music, what kind of music do you enjoy listening to?  My taste in music is pretty eclectic.  I really like Robin Thicke, and my favorite singer is from Greece: Mario Frangoulis.

What's your biggest regret?   Not coming out sooner.  A fundamentalist up-bringing didn’t allow that.

What really pisses you off?  Surveys J

What's your best asset?  If I knew that, I’d capitalize on it.  Maybe an inquisitive mind.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?  As most everyone knows, I have Parkinson’s.  I’d definitely cure that.  Second would be a more active lifestyle.

If you could go back in time and change one decision you made when you were younger what would that be?  No big regrets, but I didn’t go to my High School prom.  I’d definitely attend if given the second chance.

If you could choose one person (any person living or dead) to spend an evening with who would that be?  1st choice would be the smartest guy in the world – Stephen Hawking.  2nd choice would be my favorite actor – Christopher Reeve.

If you won the lottery tomorrow how would it change about the way you live (besides making a nice donation to Reveille)?   No doubt drastically.  I’d buy a house on the Oregon coast.

Who do you admire the most?   John Kennedy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.

Any parting words you’d care to share?   Don’t dream it, be it.