Our Conductors

Dr. Mark Rogers

Principal Conductor

The Heart of Texas Concert Band conductor, Dr. R. Mark Rogers has degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Texas. As Director of Publications for Southern Music Company, he is the author of editions of the music of Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa that have entered band repertory worldwide. He is also widely published as an arranger and transcriber, with performances by all five of the Washington, DC service bands. Dr. Rogers is on the adjunct faculty of San Antonio College, Texas Lutheran.

Dr. Rogers is on the adjunct faculty of San Antonio College, Texas Lutheran University, and Trinity University. Prior to coming to San Antonio, Dr. Rogers was on the faculty of the University of South Alabama and a staff member of the University of Texas Longhorn Band. He has guest conducted numerous community and professional bands, regional honor bands and orchestras, and is an active clinician for area high school and middle school bands and orchestras. A bassoonist, he performs with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Laredo Philharmonic, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.

In addition, he dabbled in musical theater, most recently appearing in the San Pedro Playhouse’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL. His wife, Sudie, plays clarinet in the Heart of Texas Concert Band. The Rogers’ have a musical family, all participate in The Heart of Texas Concert Band performances when they can!  John and Kami; James, Alyssa and son Bradley; and Rob, wife Kelly, and their daughter Brynn.

Mark Rogers - Principal Conductor

John Goforth

Associate Conductor

John Goforth was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1979, he attended Southwest Texas State University where he received his B.M.E. in 1983. After college he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, and then became the Assistant Band Director at Winston Churchill High School where he taught until 1999. The following year he became the Head Band Director at Douglas MacArthur High School until 2009.

After 25 years of teaching high school band, he held a position at Bradley Middle School until retiring in 2013. During his career as a Band Director, he enthusiastically directed concert, marching and jazz bands. Under his direction and over the years, his bands received many awards at UIL contests, as well as marching, concert and jazz band festivals. He is a past member of TMEA, TBA, Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Mr. Goforth played in the San Antonio Rodeo Band for 15 years and played at Wurstfest for 16 years. He has played in the pit orchestra at the San Pedro Playhouse Theater and Woodlawn Theater for musicals such as A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Peter Pan and several others. One of his favorite accomplishments is that many of his former students continued to pursue music after high school with many of them now being Band Directors and professional musicians.

Since retiring, he now teaches private lessons to low brass students in NEISD. Mr. Goforth has two children, a daughter Barbara who lives and works as an RN in Seattle and a son Wesley who just graduated from UTSA with a degree in Music Education and is member of the Heart of Texas Band. Concert Band. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and traveling around the United States in their RV.

Mike Olson - Assistant Conductor

Mike Olson

Former Associate Conductor

Mike Olson is retired after 39 years as a Texas band director. He earned his BM and MM degrees from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. Mike is a Past President of Texas Bandmasters Association and a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, TBA, TMEA, and TMAA. Mr. Olson has been on the UIL Advisory Board, TMEA Region Band Chairman, UIL Delius Award Nominee and in Who’s Who of American Teachers.

Mike began his teaching career as assistant at McAllen HS where the Varsity Band was named Texas Honor Band. He taught at Lampasas HS where the band became a consistent sweepstakes winner and then taught 17 years at Tuloso-Midway HS in Corpus Christi where the band was twice named Texas Honor Band Finalist. The T-M band also marched as a featured band in the Cotton Bowl Parade and Pre-game show. Bands under the direction of Mr. Olson have been consistent winners at UIL and festival competitions and he is kept busy as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator both in and outside of Texas. In 2009, Mike was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame and is active as a performer on trumpet in the San Antonio area.

Mike and his wife, Pat, live in New Braunfels and have three daughters (Teri, Tristin & Traci), 3 sons-in-law (Richard, Joe & Rob), 8 grandchildren (Cole, Erin, Taylor, Nate, Brett, Scott, Jordyn and Warren), and 1 cat (Katy).

Mike Olson - Assistant Conductor