Don Pope is a marvelous "Texas Tenor", but not limited to one horn. He has a full rack and can blow captivating solos from each and every horn.
After graduating from the Houston School of Performing and Visual Arts, Don went on to perform with musical groups including Archie Bell & the Drells and Toby Beau, before creating the group Don Pope and Friends, consisting of various musicians that come and go - great for a constant flow of new, fresh and sweet music.
Don currently lives with his wife, Charlotte, in Willis, Texas. He has four grown children and three grandchildren. His son, Robert, is often found sharing the stage, as a guitar and bass player. As an ordained minister, Don has been on staff at Grace International Church in Willis for over 20 years, as an associate pastor and worship director.
Many connections all over the globe have led to frequent traveling across the U.S. and other countries. He has ministered all over Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Germany, to name a few. What may have begun as just trips as a guest musician led to worship workshops, prophetic ministry and speaking engagements. His favor continues to open doors for him to make a great impact on each city he visits. As for his home, Don heads up the National Day of Prayer in Willis each year and is always greatly involved in city events, parades and festivals.
Don Pope's beautiful, distinct Jazz sound was birthed from a number of legendary inspirations.
Don's style is influenced by such Jazz greats as Grover Washington, David Sanborn, Richie Cole, Oscar Peterson, Joe Sample, and Gino Vanelli. Like any great musician, Don has taken inspiration from these greats and added his own unique sound, one that you only find in someone who has immersed themselves in the art.
Don's talent is rare, and the memorable experience he brings to his ever growing audience has gotten the attention of some of the greats.
Whether it's playing at Radio City Music Hall or performing with the great Gino Vannelli, Don's gift has opened countless doors for him over the years. His passion for music is ultimately driven by his heart to inspire the next generation, just like he was inspired.