Rogers received his first violin and Cornet lessons from his father. Then he got lessons from Captain John Lathrope and who advised him to study music at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati (Ohio). From the age of 13 he studied among other things at a Prof. Jacobson and Theodore Thomas. In 1883, he performed as a Cornet soloist on with the Indianapolis Municipal Band. Likewise, he performed between 1883 and 1884 as a Cornet soloist on with Captain John Lathrope's Cornet Band. In this time he was also conductor of the municipal band of Goshen, Indiana.
He also kornettist in the Biessenhertz ' English Opera House Orchestra in Indianapolis. Together with the then young Herbert Lincoln Clarke, later also a cornet player with world renown, he performed in the Schubert Brass Quartet and in an orchestra as a soloist in the Church by Herbert l. Clarke. From 1885 he was by the conductor Cappa as soloist won for Seventh Regiment Band of New York and became his personal assistant. After the deceased of Cappa from 1894 to 1897 he was conductor of the Seventh Regiment Band of New York.
In 1898, he was asked by John Philip Sousa for a year successor of Herbert l. Clarke as a solo cornet player in his band to be. From 1900 Rogers came back in Sousa's band as second conductor and Cornet soloist. Together with Herbert l. Clarke, he performed as a Cornet soloist during the concert tour in 1900 by Europe. After Clarke resigned in 1902 was Rogers solo cornet player in Sousa's Band. Rogers worked in this band until after the concerts during the world's fair of 1904 in Saint Louis.
In september 1904 he became Music Director of the Victor Phonograph Company in Camden, New Jersey. He was conductor of the The Victor Military Band and soon he made new recordings of several Cornet solos. He played duets together with Arthur Pryor in among other things the Miserere-duet from Verdi's opera Il travatore. In 1916, he was recording Director of the Paroquette Record Company. But this feature was after 1 year past and in 1919 he was assigned to the Paramount Record Company and shortly thereafter as Music Director at the Emerson Phonograph Company. Between the years 1922 and 1929 he also made recordings for Brunswick Phonograph Company. He retired In 1929, but he still worked as a teacher and instructor for kornet and soloed several times with the Anglo Canadian Leather Company Band in Huntsville (Ontario), led by Herbert l. Clarke.
Until 1932 he gave private lessons in New York City and performed different Cornet-solo concerts from.
As a composer, he has written several works for solo instrument and Orchestra.
- Concert Waltz "Lulle", for cornet solo and band
- Fantasy "Auld Lang Syne", for cornet solo and band
- German Sounds, for cornet solo and band
- In Dixie, for cornet solo and band
- Kate Kearney, for cornet solo and band
- Land of the Free, for cornet solo and band
- Lasca, for cornet solo and band
- Minnie-ha-ha, waltz for cornet solo and band
- Nearer, My God, To Thee, for cornet solo and band
- Old Black Joe, for cornet solo and band
- The harp of Tara, fantasy for cornet solo and band
- The Harp that Once Thro ' Tara's Halls, for cornet solo and band
- Yankee Doodle with Variations, for cornet solo and band
- War Song with Variations, for cornet solo and band
- Herbert Lincoln Clarke: How I became a cornetist
- Jean-Raphaël Fontannaz (Bearbeitung: Martin Sebastian): Which Soloists of the Sousa Band (5) – Walter b. Rogers, cornet player, "Der Mann der «» Alexander's Ragtime Band"-Walter b. Rogers, der Jugendfreund von Herbert l. Clarke, Plattenaufnahme des ersten Standardwerkes des berühmten dirigierte 1891 that Jazz. in: UNISON-Magazin des Schweizer Blasmusikverband, 94. Jahrgang, Nr. 19, 14. October 2005, pp. 13
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