While growing up in Kansas City, KS, Roger was originally a self-taught guitarist playing mainly by ear. He was accepted and graduated from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri with a degree in music composition and guitar studies. Roger studied guitar with the amazing Douglas Niedt and was promoted through the program quickly, actually being asked to skip ahead a semester. Years after graduation, Roger went back and completed the guitar requirements for a masters degree.
While at the Conservatory, he was also studying jazz piano and arranging privately with John Elliott, famed pianist and educator (Pat Metheny, Bobby Watson, Steve Cardenas, etc.) and playing piano in jazz ensembles.
Since then, Roger’s been a guest composer at the “Mid-America Arts Alliance's Meet the Composer - The Conservatory Presents Program”, selected to be a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, has won a fellowship award from and was a touring artist with the Kansas Arts Commission as well as the Mid America Arts Alliance, has done award-winning soundtracks for video and television and has multiple guitar and keyboard endorsements.
He is now touring as part of the KS State Touring Roster and has a touring region throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. (see touring programs and contact for more info)
"Pitts played the guitar with expertise equal or greater to the greats of our day, and his skill as a keyboardist kept the students intrigued."
- The Sillsbee Bee, Sillsbee, Texas
"In Roger’s case, I think he has hit on a spectacular way of keeping the art of music alive and exciting.."
- The Daily Union, Junction City KS
As a performer, Roger is unparalleled in entertainment value. For local or regional events, whether it’s solo acoustic or electric guitar, with or without vocals, solo keyboard . . . Roger finds the perfect music for the event. Outdoor festivals or indoor concerts instantly become more fun!