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Currently chair of the music department at Cypress College, Gary Gopar has been teaching music in southern California and around the United States for twenty-two years and is Director of the Cypress College Jazz Big Band. His teaching and coaching experience includes his six years at Cypress College, as well as at Long Beach City College. At the same time, Mr. Gopar is a sought-after musician who has played in a variety of settings from Long Beach Dub All-Stars to Tierra, from the Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade to Princess Cruises.

A Conn-Selmer CenterStage Endorsed Artist, Professor Gopar plays on a Bb Bach Stradivarius 37S trumpet and currently holds a trumpet chair with the Arturo Sandoval Big Band. Having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music in Jazz Studies from California State University, Long Beach, Mr. Gopar has traveled throughout Europe, Mexico, and the United States, playing in a wide range of styles..