David Pope is Professor of Saxophone at James Madison University and is a Distinguished Teacher of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He has an international reputation as a soloist and clinician in jazz and classical styles, and he is a noted authority on extended techniques and multiphonics. While studying with Lynn Klock and Yusef Lateef, DownBeat named him the Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Instrumental Soloist for 1994. Since then, he has toured the United States and Canada with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, performed in Germany with the famed Eastman ensemble Saxology, and appeared at the White Nights Swing Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has recently performed at the World Saxophone Congress (Scotland), the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the New England Saxophone Symposium, and conferences of the International Society for Improvised Music (Switzerland), and the North American Saxophone Alliance.
Professor Pope has published over one hundred articles in Saxophone Journal and Saxophone Today. He is a respected composer and author, and he has recently recorded with Matt Smiley’s Quartet Art and Barry Long’s Freedom in the Air. He has numerous popular YouTube videos and he blogs about practice techniques as “Practice Monster.” His former students enjoy success as teachers and performers across the United States and abroad. David Pope plays R. S. Berkeley “Virtuoso” saxophones and he endorses Applied Microphone Technology.
Personal Web page: http://www.popesax.com