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Music teacher, jazz educator, trombonist and big band leader, Rodger Fox has always been surrounded by music.
Both his parents taught and played, but his ideas of a classical career were derailed after he joined a 60s rock band in Wellington.
In 2003, he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music which included teaching and mentoring many dozens of students over the years. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music by Massey University.
The Rodger Fox Big Band has recently been invited to perform at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival and is currently trying to raise funds via a boosted campaign