Alamogordo New Mexico Music
He died on April 10, 2020, leaving behind his wife of 50 years, Mary Ann, son Roger and daughter-in-law Nancy. Roger was born on March 25, 1929 in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Roy and Rose, a farmer's daughter from New Mexico.
Raised by his older brother Leroy, he met the love of his life, Patricia Lou Peterson, in Halfway, Missouri. They married in 1951 and remained in life with their children Mary Ann, Roger, Nancy and Woody, as well as their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He soon moved to Alamogordo, where he graduated with an MA in music, before devoting the rest of his life to music lessons in Alamogsordos from 1958. He was active in the repair of musical instruments in the community and in public schools, and offered free music lessons. In 2008 he was awarded a Lifetime Award by AlamOGORDo Music Theatre for 50 years of service. While working in community music, he also found time to serve on the board of directors of the New Mexico Music Center for a number of years.
A quick-witted and humorous man who could bring a smile and a laugh to anyone, and of course we cannot fail to notice that Roger was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who was equally devoted and affectionate to music. He instilled in us a caring hand that always reached out to the needy, and we will miss his love of music and his willingness to help others deeply.
The song duly extols the beauty and utility of our fair state, but also the determination to send you all a copy of this monument.
At the end of the 2006 legislative session, New Mexico was still without an official state cowboy song. HB389 was introduced into law by Governor Bill Richardson and sailed through the state legislature with a 51-0 majority, with only one vote against and no opposition.
Calvin Boles, who died in 2004, co-wrote the song and is something of a local legend in the area. HB 232 suggested that New Mexico's official cowboy song be named after one of the state's most famous cowboys, Calvin Bole, an Albuquerque native.
He received a bachelor's degree in music with a minor in mathematics, but also served in the Missouri National Guard and taught music in Missouri. He has put his heart and soul into the Alamogordo, New Mexico music community and spread his love of music through church performances and private music lessons at home. One of his greatest achievements was the formation of a group called "Spalling Strings," a string orchestra made up of elite high school music students who were frequently invited to perform at events across New Mexico.
The Yucca Record Company released 237 singles, including the song "Fighting Lawa" by Bobby Fuller, a colleague from El Paso. New Mexicoa offers a wide range of music, from classical to folk to jazz, from country to blues and rock'n roll.
Rep. Vaughn introduced House Memorial No. 70, HB 81, which was included in the recommendation by the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Michael Vaughn, R-El Paso, a member of the New Mexico Music Commission, has called for a contest to determine the official New Mexico cowboy song. The competition deadline is November 14, 2008, and we ask all entrants to submit CDs, cassettes and copyright records to the New Mexico Music Commission by that date.