Paul Vogler - Steel Drum Players
Paul Vogler's musican days began in 1967 as drummer in rock & roll garage band, Jynx. In the mid 1970's Paul backed up magician Steven Calder & played parties & coffee houses in Washington, DC. In 1977 Paul came home to Atlanta joining Possum Trot, an eclectic/electric bluegrass band. Possum Trot played Burt Reynolds club & cast parties for both Kristy McNichol & Jody Foster. They also played on the sets of Don Knox & Tim Conway's 1979 movie: The Prize Fighter & and at the famed Alex Cooley's: Electric Ballroom. Possum Trot were regulars on River Street in Savannah, GA. Possum Trot opened/appeared with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elvin Bishop & others.
In the 1980's, Paul did a short stint playing New Wave venues, including Athens GA's 40 watt Club & a host of colleges and clubs throughout the Southeast. Returning to college to finish his degrees in music , Paul began playing jazz. As a jazz musician, Paul Vogler has appeared on the bill with Thelonius Monk Jr., Dr. Billy Taylor & The New York Voices.
Paul Vogler was pecussionist in the 90's band "Radio Kings", catering to the swing dance craze of the time. Also, during that time, Paul assisted in the creation of The Bessie Bus", a mobile jazz and blues education program, winner of the 1997 Dorothy Mullen National Arts Award. He also helped produce "When the Spirit Moves", a traveling exhibit of the National Afro-American Museum, exhibited in the United States (including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC) and traveling internationally through the US State Department.
"Our Minds Are On Georgia" a grant-funded program incorporating writing blues lyrics and producing a CD; designed to meet 3rd grade curriculum requirements for the Georgia unit of study was co-created by Paul. Paul continued composing, arranging and producing music and video for museums, educational programs and institutions including: Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Tennessee Aquarium, S.T.A.R.S. (Students Taking A Right Stand), Hamilton Beech Corporation and Americus Records. He also expanded into exhibit development and consulting for museums including: Atlanta Children's Museum, Atlanta History Center, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Miami Children's Museum, Five Points Museum, Denver, CO and Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN.
In the mid 1990's the islands called to Paul and he began playing steel pan, appearing on the bill with such greats as Ziggy Marley. Paul currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, daughter, and dog Hank. Paul lectures and teaches Percussion, World Music, Jazz, and Electronic Music at several Colleges and Universities, as well as teaching as a private tutor. Paul's' original company, Lake Productions, continues to act as a consultant, recording for various bands and individuals. Paul maintains an active performance schedule as a steel pan player & jazz musician.
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