Project Guild announces Oldham County Day parade grand marshal, theme

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By The Staff

A seasoned parade veteran will serve as grand marshal of the 2019 Oldham County Day Parade & Festival.

La Grange resident Brad Rogers, director of the Oldham County High School Band since 1987, will lead the Oldham County Day Parade as grand marshal on July 20 in downtown La Grange.

Rogers, a native of Tennessee, is no stranger to Oldham County Day.

For more than three decades, Rogers has ushered hundreds of student musicians through the Oldham County Day parade route to energize the mid-morning crowd for a fun-filled day to celebrate their community.

And every year, after the parade, Rogers assembles with members of the Oldham County Community Band in the shade on the courthouse lawn for a performance.

Oldham County Day began in 1971, when a group of homemakers called the Project Guild of La Grange planned a community ice cream social. The event has grown to a festival that attracts more than 10,000 people to celebrate community pride and offer fun for all ages.

Members of Project Guild of La Grange select a parade grand marshal by way of nominations from the community. This year, Project Guild selected Rogers and chose the accompanying theme, The Music Man.

The Project Guild is proud to honor Rogers for his contributions to our community and state by educating hundreds of student musicians, advocating for music education through the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and making music accessible to everyone in the community through his leadership of the Oldham County Community Band.

Rogers hasn’t left band since he joined as a teen at Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee.

He studied music at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and joined the band – the MTSU Band of Blue. He graduated in 1978 and started his career as assistant band director at Christian County High School in Hopkinsville. Next, he was the band director at Whitthorne Jr. High School and Columbia Central High School in Maury County, Tennessee, and then Oakland High School in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

In 1987, Rogers made his way to Oldham County, where he has worked as band director for 32 years. He earned a master’s degree in music teacher education at the University of Louisville in 1989.

Rogers’ classroom responsibilities have included concert and marching bands at OCHS, beginning band at Oldham County Middle School and AP music theory classes.

For more than 30 years, Rogers has been many sixth-graders’ first introduction to concert band – an introduction that ignites a love of music, and for some, becomes a college major and a career in music, education, or both.

He has served in various leadership roles for KMEA, including president (2015–17) and current vice-president, and has led numerous committees.

Rogers took on his role as conductor of the Oldham County Community Band in 1988. The community band is an opportunity for musicians of all ages to share their talents and continue their love of music long after high school. The band performs throughout the year at many local events, including Oldham County Day.

Rogers has received numerous individual recognitions, including OCHS Teacher of the Year, KMEA District 5 Teacher of the Year, MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame, Ashland Oil Golden Apple Achiever Award (twice), and the National Band Association Citation of Musical Excellence (1999, 2014 & 2018).

He performs regularly with the Louisville Concert Band/Chamber Winds Louisville. Rogers has two daughters (both OCHS graduates), and resides in La Grange with his wife, Patricia.

Rogers will be honored by colleagues, neighbors and former students during the 2019 Grand Marshal Luncheon at 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the John Black Community Center. Tickets are limited and sold online at OldhamCountyDay.com.

Written and submitted by Jacquelyn Hack