Dante’ Pope is a soul drummer-vocalist and a native of Chicago, Illinois. He blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has been showcased all around the world. Currently, he is an Artist in Resident at the illustrious Strathmore Performance Center in Bethesda, Maryland and percussion instructor for the Levine School of Music. His passion for arts in education has connected him with The Musicianship and the DC Arts and Humanities Council’s grant programs. He creates learning experiences with world class talent for 100 4th-5th graders once a month for The Musicianhsip’s Master Class Series. To date he has assisted in servicing over 1000 students in the DC area.
Most recently, Dante’ toured with Kenny Wesley and the Soulful Nerd Band to Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Madagascar, Gabon, and Rwanda through the State Department's, American Music Abroad Program. He served as Music Director for grammy-nominated soul artist Raheem Devaughn and the Crossrhodes, toured the country with Grammy award-winning artists Dom Flemons and Old Crow Medicine Show and has collaborated with a host of many other artists based in various genres from jazz to afrobeat. His versatility as a percussionist is indicative of his outlook on life. Whether teaching or performing, Dante’s smile and happiness is palpable to all around him.
Dante' attended the Merit School of Music, located downtown Chicago, where his skills and understanding of percussion were groomed. Master Classes with Yo Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie and Robin Eubanks were just a few of the highlights he enjoyed while at Merit. At Fisk University, he was a member of the world renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers and toured the country performing Negro spirituals and educating young people on American history through song. Collaborations with Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Sawyer Brown, Anthony Hamilton and a host of acts at the Grand Ole’ Opry, were just a few of the many enriching experiences gained from his time in Nashville.