Roger Creager ’93, Texas country singer-songwriter
In fall 1998, students shuffled onto the Aggie Spirit bus, where
an enthusiastic 27-year-old student greeted them from behind the
wheel. The driver liked his job. It paid well, the hours were
flexible and the campus bus drivers comprised a unique community,
not unlike the Corps of Cadets, which he had cherished
participating in years before. Occasionally, it even helped
promote his music. The local country station, 98.3 KORA, ran ads
for his debut album and weekly bar gigs saying, “Get your tickets
for Roger Creager at Hurricane Harry's!” On cue, the driver turned
to his captive audience and yelled, “Hey, that's me! Y'all come
see me tonight!”
Creager ’93 first came to Texas A&M as a freshman in 1989, joining
the Corps and quickly embracing the university's famed “other
education”—at the detriment of its regular education. “I didn't
really apply myself then,” he admitted. Creager drifted in and
out of scholastic probation, but he doesn't look back on that time
and see wasted years. “The Corps gave me a sense of pride and
self-respect that followed me the rest of my life.”
Ultimately, Creager’s grade struggles forced him to finish his
business degree at Sam Houston State University. After a few years
at an unfulfilling office job, he hit the reset button and
returned to Aggieland. This time, he was hyper-focused on
fulfilling two lifelong dreams: getting a Texas A&M degree and
playing music for a living. Studying agricultural development by
day and working on his first album, “Having Fun All Wrong,” by
night, Creager successfully released his record in August 1998 and
graduated that December.
The album proved a hit, and Creager has been on tour ever since.
An adventurist at heart, he treasures the opportunities music has
given him to fish, ski, fly, and hike his way around the world.
He's even participated in the annual running of the bulls in
Pamplona, Spain, on multiple occasions. Though he has plenty of
advice to offer Aggies pursuing their passion, he has none for
potential bull runners. “There are a few things in the world I'm
just naturally good at,” he remarked, “and getting out of the way
of a dang bull is one of them.”
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