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Chief Musician Eric M. Lopez,

Assistant Operations Chief, Trumpet

MUC Eric M. Lopez

Chief Musician Eric Lopez, a native of Silvis, Ill., joined the Navy Band in July 2003, following a three-year enlistment as a bugler with the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.  He earned a Bachelor of Music from Western Illinois University in 1995 and a Master of Music from The Eastman School of Music in 1997.  He is also a recipient of a Performer’s Certificate from The Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Adolf Herseth, Mario Guarnari, Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, Jon Dugle and Bruce Briney.


Lopez has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Harrisburg Symphony, the Midland/Odessa Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Alexandria Symphony, and the Russ Morgan Orchestra.  He has also toured with the Gershwin musical revue “American Rhapsody.” In May, he was a featured soloist at the International Trumpet Guild Convention in Harrisburg, Penn.


Lopez enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.