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Herb Alpert Music Center

Adjunct Faculty

P. Blake Cooper

P. Blake Cooper

Applied Faculty, Tuba

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Biographical Statement:

Dr. P. Blake Cooper is a Los Angeles based freelance tubist who additionally doubles on cimbasso, electric bass, sousaphone and bass trombone.

Dr. Cooper has become an in demand recording musician in LA for Movies, TV and Video Games. Recording credits include: The Lion King (2019), Coco, Doctor Sleep, Minions 2, Free Guy, Bad Boys for Life, Terminator: Dark Fate, IT Chapter Two, Christopher Robin, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Cloverfield Paradox, Star Trek: Discovery/Picard/Lower Decks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Welcome to Marwen, Little, Triple Frontier, The Umbrella Academy, TAG, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Isn't it Romantic, The Conjuring 2, The Nun, Penny Dreadful, Halo Wars 2, League of Legends and many more. Some notable composers Dr. Cooper has recorded for include Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Germaine Franco, Danny Elfman, Jeff Beal, The Newton Brothers, Jeff Russo, Tom Holkenborg, Benjamin Wallfisch, Bear McCreary, John Debney, Gordy Haab, Pinar Toprak, Abel Korzeniowski and Alan Silvestri.

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Cooper has been the Principal Tubist of the New West Symphony since 2013 and has performed with the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, San Diego Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Santa Barbara Symphony, MUSE/IQUE, San Bernardino Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony and more.

Dr. Cooper is also a passionate music educator. Since 2012 he has served as Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at California State University, Northridge and has teaches applied tuba at Santa Monica College, La Sierra University and LA City College. From 2010 to 2016 he served as the founding Brass Specialist and Wind Ensemble Director for the LA Phil's El Sistema inspired Youth Orchestra initiative YOLA @ HOLA. During that time Dr. Cooper also taught for Bard College Longy School of Music MAT where he worked with aspiring El Sistema teachers as a mentor, supervisor and conducting education faculty. 

He is a rising leader in the LA music community, serving as a Director on the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 Executive Board and as a Director for the Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles Executive Board.

Dr. Cooper earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Music Education with a minor focus in jazz bass. He then moved to Texas to pursue graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin earning a Master's degree in tuba performance and serving as graduate teaching assistant in applied tuba and euphonium. Finally in 2009, Dr. Cooper moved to LA to pursue a DMA at USC in tuba performance with emphases in music education, jazz bass and instrumental conducting. Dr. Cooper's past teachers include Jim Self, Norm Pearson, Doug Tornquist, Alphonso Johnson, Charles Villarrubia, Steven L. Bryant and Skip Gray. Dr. Cooper is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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