The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #11: Roy Poper

Episode #11 – Roy Poper

The Other Side of the Bell - A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #11:  Roy Poper

Welcome to the show notes for Episode #11 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features an interview with Roy Poper, Associate Professor of Trumpet at the acclaimed Oberlin Conservatory of Music and author of Roy Poper’s Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp. From recording with Frank Zappa to performing Bach’s Brandenburg #2 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Roy Poper has had a long and varied professional music career . His debut classical solo trumpet album is entitled L.A. Trumpet Works. 

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About Roy Poper

Roy Poper - photo courtesy of RoyPoper.com
Trumpeter, teacher, and author Roy Poper – photo courtesy of RoyPoper.com
Roy Poper's Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp
Roy Poper’s Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp available from Balqhidder Music

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 Commentaries on 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.

Roy Poper's Classical Trumpet CD: L.A. Trumpet Works
Roy Poper’s Classical Trumpet CD: L.A. Trumpet Works

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.

Check out Roy Poper’s article on developing trumpet practice priorities trumpet equipment.

Links Mentioned In This Show

Podcast Credits

Intro and exit music – When The Leaves Turn Brown, written and performed by Howie Shear from his album Bopliography

Audio Engineer – Preston Shepard at SC Sound Labs

Cover Art – Phil Jordan

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