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Mr. Tony DeRosa, Musical Director
 

Tony grew up singing barbershop harmony under the direction of his dad, Papa Joe, in choruses in Rochester, N.Y., and in Polk County, Florida. His life was immersed in barbershop harmony from an early age as he performed in his dad’s choruses, listened to his mom’s quartet, sang with his sister, Chris, in The De Rosa 4, and followed his favorite quartets and learned their songs while adding to his repertoire. He appeared on the International stage as a tenor, at age 12, with a memorable rendition of “Where The Angels Live,” sung by the “Cypress Chord Club.”  Seven years later, after many appearances at international competitions with District Championship quartets, he captured his first gold medal and became the youngest medal winner with the 1992 champions Keepsake.  He attained this level again in 2000 by repeating a gold medal win as baritone in Platinum. At present Tony is the lead singer in the 2007 gold-medalist quartet Max Q, a distinctly artistic and talented foursome.  He also has years of directing experience as he continued his father’s legacy in taking the Tampa Heralds of Harmony to International competition an unprecedented nine years in a row.

Tony lives in Winter Garden, Florida, and works as a church and studio vocalist, as Music Director for the Voices of Liberty at Disney's Epcot Center, as vocal director for Celebrity Cruise Lines, as a coach to numerous Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adeline choruses and quartets, and as an active vocal music learning-tape producer.

While these are important barbershop and musical stats, Tony enjoys pointing out that his true pride and joy are his wife Jodi and his family.  Jodi and Tony met when they both sang with the Voices of Liberty where Jodi sings the soprano part.  Together they have shared some amazing and challenging musical moments.  They share four terrific children: Alec, 19; Kayla, 15; Joseph, 3; and Sophia, 2.  Watching the kids grow and change is Tony’s greatest pleasure.  This family shares the blessings of a strong faith in God, extended-family fun, and a busy and full life loaded with music.

The Big Orange Chorus is pleased to have Tony DeRosa directing.



Mr. Chuck Roegiers, Assistant Director
 

Lieutenant Charles "Chuck" Roegiers' love of music began during his high school years in Vermillion, South Dakota.  He found his musical niche after switching from trombone to tuba in 1977 and was twice selected as principle tubist for South Dakota's All-State Band and as solo tubist for the All-State Orchestra.  While attending the University of South Dakota, he sat first chair tuba in the University's Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble all four years and in 1980, was selected as principle tubist for the Mid America Inter-collegiate Band in Davenport, Iowa.  In May of 1981, he enlisted in the Army National Guard, attending Basic Training and AIT at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  During his college years, he was a member of the 147th South Dakota Army National Guard Band in Mitchell South Dakota.  In 1982, while still in college, he was chosen to represent his home state of South Dakota in the All-American College Marching Band for the grand opening of Walt Disney World's "Epcot Center" in Orlando, Florida.

His professional career began when he was hired as solo tubist and later, flying trapeze and teeter-board acrobat with the "Carson and Barnes Circus" of Hugo, Oklahoma where he met his ex-wife to be.  He remained with the show for four years, touring extensively throughout the United States.

LT Roegiers enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and attended Recruit Training at RTC, Great Lakes in Chicago, Illinois.  After Boot Camp, he attended Musician's "A" School at the Navy School of Music, in Norfolk, Virginia, graduating at the top of his class.  Subsequent assignments included duty with Navy Bands at Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco, California, Naval Training Center Orlando, Florida, and Naval Support Activity, Memphis, Tennessee.  While stationed there, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities (emphases in music and psychology).  In 1996, he represented the Navy in an Armed Forces seminar at the South Eastern Tuba-Euphonium Conference at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

Subsequent assignment under the Commander, SEVENTH Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, allowed him to travel and perform in a dozen countries and U.S. territories throughout the Western Pacific Theater as Unit Leader and electric bassist of SEVENTH Fleet Band's premiere Show Band, "Far East Edition."

In 2000, he completed the Enlisted Band Leader Course at the School of Music and was given follow-on orders on staff as the Navy Military Training Coordinator.  Upon receiving word of his selection for a Naval Commission in 2001, he "fleeted up" to the position of Director, Navy Band Fleet Support Unit and was co-assigned as Training Support Officer for the School of Music.  In May 2004, he assumed duties as Director, Navy Band Northwest at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, in Silverdale, Washington.  He has held his current position as Director, Navy Band Southeast since June of 2008.

LT Roegiers’ personal awards include the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualification, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (five awards), and the Navy Pistol Expert Medal.

The Big Orange Chorus is pleased to have Chuck Roegiers directing.



Mr. Chuck Griffith, Director Emeritus
 

Chuck has been active in choral music since his childhood.  He was singing in North Carolina with the Charlotte Choral Society in the mid-1970s when he attended his first barbershop show.  He walked into the Charlotte SPEBSQSA chapter the following week and has been involved in barbershop singing ever since.

After moving back to his hometown of Jacksonville, he formed the Big Orange Chorus and chartered the organization with SPEBSQSA in 1980.  He directed the group through 1995.  During this period, the Big Orange became one of the largest chapters of SPEBSQSA and a highly recognized performing group in the Jacksonville area.  The group won numerous state SPEBSQSA competitions and went on to compete at the international barbershop chorus competition five times.

Chuck became well known in barbershop circles internationally through his travels as an international SPEBSQSA judge and coach.  His favorite memories from that period include directing the combined Big Orange and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in a joint presentation of "The Music Man" and directing the chorus to a standing ovation in a "Keystone Kops" comedy routine at international competition in Louisville in 1991.

Chuck returned to direct the Big Orange in May of 2001.  He brings back his unique talent for developing a quality choral sound presented in an entertaining and often comedic style.


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