VERO BEACH — Dezmond Rogers, an IRCHS alumni and graduate of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, will present a double bass recital on Sun., May 30, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach.

Admission is free, though a $10 donation is suggested.

Mr. Rogers will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Jacob Craig, the director of music and arts at First Presbyterian Church.

The double bass, the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, is the same instrument as what is simply called a bass or an upright bass. It is called a double bass because its original purpose was to double the bass line of the orchestra.

Dezmond Rogers fell in love with the double bass when he was twelve. He spent his time playing music with his family and multiple bands at Indian River Charter High School.

In addition to the staff of Indian River Charter High School, Mr. Rogers attributes much of his love and skill in music to his mother, Joy Keplar.

A self-taught classical bassist, he made his way up to becoming a member of the Florida All-State Orchestra for several years. He won a scholarship from the Vero Beach Chorale Society, and received a full scholarship to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

In 2019, Mr. Rogers toured with the Cuban American Youth Orchestra. In addition to classical double bass, he loves and plays all types of music and has a fascination with instrument repair and building.

For more information, contact Music and Arts Administrator Ginger Lagemann at (772) 562-9088 or -

First Presbyterian Church is located at 520 Royal Palm Blvd., Vero Beach.

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