Instructor in Jazz Survey and Trumpet

In addition to her TCU faculty position, Cara Pollard is a freelance trumpet player and teacher both nationally and internationally. She has performed and taught in Haiti, Spain, Britain and the United States in 2014. She has just recorded her first album esto no es una trompeta.

Before coming to TCU, Dr. Pollard was an Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tarleton State University from 2007-2011 where she taught trumpet, jazz history, brass methods, and popular music. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University School of Music from 2002-2007. While at Texas Tech she taught jazz history, music history, and trumpet.

Dr. Pollard holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Radio Television Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and the Master's Degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University at Las Cruces as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from Texas Tech University. She is a freelance trumpet player and a founding member of the Imbroglio Sextet (International).

Dr. Pollard also performed as guest principal trumpet for L'Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte-Trinité (OPST) Haiti in 2013-14 as well as the 2004 Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Musica. Before receiving her doctorate at Texas Tech, Dr. Pollard was a band director in Joshua, Texas teaching 6th - 12th grade band and jazz band. She is an active member of JEN and ITG. Dr. Pollard has also worked in radio for over fifteen years including hosting her own jazz radio show in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Lubbock and Stephenville, Texas.

BS-University of Texas
MM- New Mexico State University
DMA- Texas Tech University