Roger Pemberton


IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Alumni Hall of Fame (2016)


Roger Pemberton earned a master of music degree in woodwinds from Indiana University. In 1961, he became the first instructor of saxophone and jazz composition at IU. He left IU to move to New York City, where he served as arranger and saxophonist for "The Merv Griffin Show." Pemberton also performed and recorded with the big bands of Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Les Hooper, and has two solo albums to his credit. His compositions and arrangements are published by Studio P/R, Hal Leonard, William Allen Music and UNC Jazz Press. He is professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and has been awarded two honorary doctorates.