Educator Jacob Vogel was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in beautiful Glendora. Having served the band as a Teaching Assistant and Assistant Director since 2009, Mr. Vogel began serving as the Associate Director and Arranger for the Spirit of Troy in the Summer of 2016. Expanding on the sound that his predecessor, Tony Fox, had developed for 46 years, Mr. Vogel’s arrangements have electrified the Coliseum and fans alike. Most recently, Mr. Vogel collaborated with fellow Assistant Director Christopher Norton to bring the compositions of John Williams to life in a stunning tribute to the music of Star Wars, a half-time show introduced by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hammill.
In addition to his post at USC, Mr. Vogel also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, teaching undergraduate courses in Ear Training and Music Theory. While studying at Chapman, Mr. Vogel founded the “Pride of Chapman” Pep-Band, a 40-Piece band whose style and energy have brought life to the campus of Chapman University. Mr. Vogel served as Director and Arranger of that ensemble for 7 seasons following his graduation from the university. Immediately prior to Mr. Vogel’s appointment at USC, he served as the coordinator for the Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program at the Orange County School of the Arts.
Upon completion of a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Mr. Vogel is currently in the process of completing his dissertation for a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Music teaching and Learning, under the careful tutelage of Drs. Susan Helfter, Beatrice Ilari and Peter Webster. Mr. Vogel also holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and French Horn performance from Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation Mr. Vogel received the Conservatory of Music Award. During his studies in Music Education, Mr. Vogel has also actively studied conducting with exemplary master teachers, including Daniel Alfred Wachs, Joe Modica and Larry Livingston.
Mr. Vogel is an active clinician, working with groups such as the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and Affinity Group Tours, a Canadian-based tour company which specializes in musical tours throughout the world and the United States. Each Spring, Mr. Vogel coordinates with the company to bring nearly 600 musicians together in a massed-band performance in the Disneyland Resort, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students.