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Curtis Cooper



Curtis Cooper received a BA in Music Education in 2005 from Sonoma State followed by his teaching credential in 2007. Since moving to Sonoma County in 2001 he has been working as a percussionist, playing operas and musicals in local theaters. Curtis began performing as a musician almost forty years ago while touring the west coast with Drum and Bugle Corps at age 11. He became a professional drummer at age 15, and remained a very busy drummer and percussionist for 31 years, living in the south bay area, when he wasn’t on the road.  He began conducting in 1984 at Cupertino High School, where he acted as musical director and resident composer for the percussion ensemble and the CHS marching band.  Curtis conducted his first opera last summer with the Raven Player’s highly successful production of Evita.


He remains active as an educator, directing percussion ensembles at SRJC, SSU and Cazadero Music Camp, as well as conducting school bands in Healdsburg, Petaluma, and Windsor. He was Choir Director for three years at The Church of Divine Man in Santa Rosa and Berkeley, and is also the author of several music books published by BMP.





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