Reese Roper
singer, lyricist
Reese Roper
Michael Reese Roper is an independent filmmaker and the lead singer and chief song writer of the third-wave ska band Five Iron Frenzy. After Five Iron Frenzy disbanded in 2003, Reese released a single album using the moniker Roper. He is also part of the band Brave Saint Saturn, who released their third album, Anti-Meridian, on 15 September 2008. In 2010 he directed, narrated, and edited the feature length documentary The Rise and Fall of Five Iron Frenzy.
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    THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 37
    Five Iron Frenzy regrouped in November 2011 with Roper as the lead singer.
    More Details Hide Details Reese Roper is known for his quirky and satirical sense of humor, but his work is also marked with a deep interest in history, politics, and self-awareness. He has been the primary lyricist and vocalist, as well as a key musical contributor, in several bands. He is a graduate of East High School. He attended the University of Colorado at Denver throughout his time in FIF and graduated with a degree in Biology. He is a licensed pastor from the Alliance for Renewal Churches, Mansfield, Ohio, and is also a co-founder of the Scum of the Earth Church in Denver, Colorado. Currently, he is a Registered Nurse at The University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville Virginia- Surgical Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit. Before his ska and rock projects, Reese Roper was in the short-lived, Colorado-based, industrial metal group Exhumator. Members of that band joined with a larger cast of musicians to form the ska ensemble Five Iron Frenzy, who in 1996 signed with 5 Minute Walk recording studio. During this time Roper became known for his "vocal finesse" and, the ability to write lyrics with both a "tradition of ridiculousness" and a reverence for serious issues. The band was together until November 22, 2003, which is when they played their final show at the sold out Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado. Roper was both the lead vocalist and primary lyricist.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    In 2010 he directed, narrated, and edited the feature-length documentary The Rise and Fall of Five Iron Frenzy.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary was released in April 2010 to critical acclaim, as a joint project of Asian Man Records and Department of Biophysics.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    He is also part of the band Brave Saint Saturn, who released their third album, Anti-Meridian, on September 15, 2008.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    Michael Reese Roper is the lead singer of the third-wave ska band Five Iron Frenzy. After the band disbanded in 2003, Reese released a single album using the moniker Roper.
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