Roy Poper has for more than 30 years maintained an active performing career
of a breadth rare among musicians. His engagements span every facet of trumpet performance including symphonic principal player
(Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and L.A. Opera), film studio work (over 500 major motion pictures),
chamber music (founding member, The Modern Brass Quintet), and "popular" genres including jazz
ensembles, Broadway shows, and even recordings with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.
Equally respected as a teacher, he was for more than 20 years a member of the faculty of the University
of Southern California School of Music prior to moving to Oberlin, OH in 2002 to assume the duties of
Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory. His book, Roy Poper's Guide to the Brasswind
Methods of James Stamp (Balquhidder Music), which serves as a companion to James Stamp Warm-ups and Studies
(Editions BIM) has become an acclaimed addition to the trumpet method-book literature, thoroughly explaining
how to execute and effeciently utilize James Stamps' teaching methods.
He continues to be in demand as a performer, performing frequently in the greater Cleveland Area and Los Angeles.
He has commissioned numerous works, some of which appear on his forthcoming CD, L.A. Trumpet Works.
Roy has been recorded on the Crystal, Orion, Nonesuch, and Dorian labels.