Carolyn Rodgers Kessler

Profile Updated: July 25, 2023
Carolyn Rodgers
Residence: Gaithersburg, MD USA
Spouse/Partner &
Year Married or
Years Together:
(include maiden name
if applicable)
James C Kessler/Oct 2, 1994
Occupation: professional violinist and violist
Children's Names & Year of Birth: Leigh Ingham (1975)
grandson; Kaleb Ingham (2003)
granddaughter; Kloe Ingham (2013)
granddaughter' More…Katelynn Ingham (2017)
Military Service: The United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own. (RET)  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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at present: freelance musician in Wash. DC metro area..substitute NSO, Baltimore Opera, National Gallery Orchestra and Kennedy Center Performances

1987-2007 violinist with, The US Army Band, "Pershing's Own."
performing for official White House State dinners, State Dept, Supreme Court, Blair House and many other venues for dignitaries. Retired 2007

summers, 1997-present: perform with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Jackson Hole, WY

1980-1982 Vienna, Austria studied violin at Hochschule and summers in Verona Opera in Italy

1977-1980 violinist, Caesar's Palace,
Las Vegas, NV

Favorite School Memories:

Mr Stanley Ackerman and NT East orchestra and musician friends.

Junior High School Attended:

Dallas, TX

High School Attended: (NTE, NTW, or name of another school)

New Trier East

Colleges Attended & Degrees:

BM: Eastman School of Music (violin performance)

MA: Baltimore Hebrew Univ (Jewish History)

DMA: Catholic Univ. of America (violin performance)

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Nov 14, 2023 at 12:41 PM

Happy Birthday Jennifer!

Aug 06, 2023 at 4:33 AM
Jul 25, 2023 at 12:17 PM
Sep 10, 2022 at 7:13 AM

Sorry to miss this reunion. I’ll be thinking of you all and looking forward to pictures!

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Jul 11, 2022 at 10:43 AM

Hi Mark
Hope you’re well.

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Posted on: Jul 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Hi Dorothy. Remember me, Carolyn Rodgers (Kessler)? I think about you a lot and fondly remember Michigan trip when we were 16.

Jul 18, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Happy Birthday, Dale! I have a daughter named Leigh. She was born in 1975, has red hair and her 2 children are redheads as well.
Hope you have a great day.

Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Happy Birthday, Brian. Do you still play the horn? Did you know that Mr Ackerman passed away recently?
I live in Gaithersburg, MD. I was in the Army Band strings for 20 yrs that performed at the WH and State Dept, etc.
Hope you're well.

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