My name is Jerry Cooper, Band Director and General Music Teacher for Oktaha Public Schools. This is my sixteenth year at our school. I am currently in my 45th year of teaching. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree and Master of Education Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Saxophone is my main instrument. I also received a Minor in Military Science and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the Army R.O. T. C. at my college. I was in the Army Reserve and National Guard for 36 years, finishing my service as a Staff Sergeant in the 145th Army Band of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. My wife, Kathy, has been an Elementary Music Teacher for the Checotah Public Schools since 1980. She is proud to count American Idol and Country Music Superstar Carrie Underwood as one of her former students. We have a 30-year-old daughter, Erin, of which we are very proud. She is a graduate of Virgil's Beauty College in Muskogee. She has a son, Rex Thomas, who is, of course, the most perfect grandchild ever!