La Vaun Beyer began her piano performance career at age three.  She has been the winner of numerous competitions, awards and scholarships throughout the nation.  At age seventeen, she won the Concerto Aria Competition at Cal State University Fullerton and performed as soloist with the orchestra.  She was awarded a scholarship to study with Reginald Stewart at Music Academy of the West, where she was also orchestra soloist.  She won First Place in a National Competition in Colorado, where as a result, she toured with the Colorado Philharmonic performing two concertos as a soloist, and harpsichord and piano with the orchestra.  She also won an International Competition to perform as a soloist with the Rom Festival Orchestra in Italy.

She has also performed Rhapsoy in Blue with the Cypress Pops, and the Prokofieff Piano Concerto with the Orange Coast Symphony.  Ms. Beyer also has two recordings with Educo Records.

La Vaun holds a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Music from USC, both with an emphasis in Piano Performance.  She has been a professor of music at Cypress College since 1981, where she is also the Founder/Director of the Annual Cypress College Piano Competition.  A highly appraised and sought after adjudicator, she has been on the panel of numerous piano competitions and auditions, both local and state-wide.  She maintains a busy performance schedule, with over 75 engagements per year and was recently awarded a recording contract.  Ms. Beyer is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.


Peter Buck earned his Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Berklee College of Music and his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California.

He has served as Head of Percussion at Cypress College since 2004. In addition to directing the Cypress Percussion Ensemble, Buck teaches private drum set and percussion lessons in the Applied Music Program, Jazz Improvisation, and Music Fundamentals.

Peter’s extensive career in the music business has taken him on tour throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. Highlights include performances with Keb’ Mo’, Bonnie Raitt, Ice-T, Michelle Shocked, Stevie Wonder, Joe Sample, Guitar Shorty, Anthony Wilson, Thelma Houston, Barbara Morrison, King Floyd, Donny McCaslin, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Clay Jenkins, Bill Perkins, Bob Sheppard, and Gilbert Castellanos. He frequently gives performances and master classes at universities across the country as a member of the Langston Hughes Project. His endorsements include Bosphorus Cymbals, Regal Tip Drumsticks, and Aquarian Drumheads.

In 2008, Peter released the CD "Buck’s Vibe", featuring his original jazz compositions. In addition to performing the music at many Los Angeles jazz clubs, his band has been a featured guest of the Idyllwild Jazz Festival.


Joe Gallo is coordinator of the Commercial Music program at Cypress.  He has a Bachelor of Music in music composition from California State University Los Angeles and an Master of Music in commercial music from CSULA.  Joe has taught as Pasadena City College and Fremont Middle School in Pomona. 

From 1984-1990 he was a producer/songwriter for Almo Irving Publishing Company in Hollywod.  He co-wrote "Save the Overtime" Gladys Knight hit and #1 Billboard in 1983.  Joe received an ASCAP Award in 1988 for "Show Me The Way" – Regina Belle.  In 1982 he received a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Duo with "Dead Giveaway" by Shalamar.  Joe teaches The Business of Music, Marketing and Promotion for the Music Industry and Popular Songwriting.  He is a member of ASCAP, A.F. of M. local 47, MACCC, NEA, CTA, SCSBOA.


Maureen Lombardino has a degree in Music from Cal State Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Vocal performance from USC. While in college she had the opportunity to sing several operatic roles for lyric soprano such as Mozart’s Despina and Dorabella. Maureen sang for four years with Dr. Sheridan Ball’s Master Chorale and Meritage, singing various solos from the great master works they regularly perform. She is currently singing in the Pacific Chorale of Orange County. Maureen teaches Voice at Cypress College, as well as privately. She directed a choir, taught music, and cantored for several years at St. Barnabas church in Long Beach. Maureen is currently singing for St. Edward’s church in Dana Point.


Jose Molina teaches Recording Studio I at Cypress.


Diane Villegas - Music Department office manager


Mark Peterson - Music Department staff accompanist