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August 23, 2009 10:14 PM
Loper, Trombonist & soloist, Los Angeles, CA
Loper was born in Atlanta, Texas and took up the trombone at the
age of fourteen.
Basically self-taught until college, he won the first trombone chair
in the Texas All-State Band his senior year in high school. While
at Memphis State University he studied extensively with Ralph Hale.
The summer before his senior year in college he toured with the
Buddy Morrow Orchestra.
Immediately after graduation he toured with The Ray McKinley-Glen
Miller Orchestra with whom he performed on his first TV series on
NBC in New York City.
After a two year stint in the army, as an arranger, he joined The
Jimmy Dorsey Band and then moved to Las Vegas to perform for six
and a half years.
Moving to Los Angeles January 1st, 1967, he joined The Hollywood
Palace TV Orchestra as principle trombone.
has recorded with: Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Paul McCartney,
Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra. etc..
He has performed on about 600 movies. The current movies being:
Men in Black 2, Spider Man, The Red Dragon, and Planet of the Apes
to mention a few
In the L.A. area he is performing with or has performed as lead
trombone with Bob Florence Limited Edition, Gerald Wilson, Terry
Gibbs, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Mike Barone.
In the past he has performed with Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and
The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band (PlayBoy Jazz Festival).
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