Following the retirement of his long time mentor Tony Fox, Jacob Vogel has recently been appointed to the position of Associate Director/Arranger with the Spirit of Troy, the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band. Mr. Vogel has recently served as the Coordinator of the Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program with the Orange County School of the Arts, the Director of the Pride of Chapman Pep-Band and the Special Projects Coordinator with the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Vogel’s arrangements have energized the sound of the Trojan Marching Band, building upon the foundation of Tony Fox’s 46 years with the program. In recent years, Mr. Vogel has added his own style and panache to the contemporary music that the band has been performing, and has recently received critical acclaim with his halftime shows dedicated to Louis Zamperini and the music of “Star Wars”. These exciting performances have allowed Mr. Vogel and fellow show designer Chris Norton to collaborate with Angelina Jolie and Mark Hamill.
While attending the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music of Music, Mr. Vogel has earned a Master of Music in Music Education and is currently in the process of completing his Dissertation for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Teaching and Learning. In addition to his work in education, Mr. Vogel studied horn performance with Dr. Kristy Morrell, conducting with Professor Larry Livingston and Composition with Dr. Morten Lauridsen.
Before completing his graduate work at USC, Mr. Vogel received Bachelor of Music degrees in Horn Performance and Music Education from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. At Chapman, he developed and formed the Pride of Chapman Pep-Band under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Frelly and Daniel Alfred Wachs. This ensemble would become a training ground for him to develop his abilities as an arranger and band director.
As a clinician, Mr. Vogel has worked with bands and orchestras from all over the state, as well as the massed band of the annual Affinity Group Tours Disneyland trip, a Canadian tour company bringing 400-600 musicians from schools in Canada.