Born in 1956 this Jazz musician
embraced a music that seemed, at the time, to be dying. Rock and roll
had come on the scene and the day of the big band had come and gone.
Groups like Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Chicago gave
this young man a rope to hang on to and held him captive touching the
very inner part of who Don Pope is. He 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.
He caught the attention of his band
director as early as junior high and played his first paid gig in the
tenth grade. His family moved to Houston before his junior year of high
school for him to attend High School For The Performing and Visual Arts.
This was a pivotal move for him; insuring his dream of becoming a
He was offered several scholarships, but chose the road to be his
classroom and experience his teacher. Here he poured his heart and soul
into his horn and his horn poured heart and soul back into him. He
played in a variety of bands, with genres ranging from R&B, Polka, Big
Band, Soft Rock, Latino and of course, the first love of his life, Jazz.
Once music had it's foundation set, Don
found love in the form of a bride, named Charlotte. She was a nurse
living in Bryan, Texas so he moved his suitcase to her closet in Bryan.
A spiritual journey began with the two of them and gospel music was
added to his repertoire. This spiritual journey was much deeper than
music and totally engulfed his very being. He found work in the
community as a music store manager and met a new group of Jazz musicians
to play with. Chris Amemiya, an incredible trombonist, was attending
Texas A&M University and these two made a great duo. Chris completed
school and moved on to make way for the group “Don Pope and Friends,”
consisting of various musicians that came and went (usually because of
the University); a constant flow of new, fresh and sweet music.
Don's love for music had not dimmed
with his spiritual awakening, but had become more defined. His desire to
help make a place for other musicians, especially young players, was
birthed. The desire to know and please God became the center and music
became the expression of love and not the object loved.
Don met several men that traveled to
bring the good news of Jesus Christ and they invited him to share his
God-given talent as well as his personal testimony of what God had done
for him. He traveled with these men on his time off and played his music
in three dimensions: heart, soul and spirit. This fueled the fire of
desire to delve into spiritual places he had never gone before. During
this time Don began to enlarge his horizons through music composition.
A door opened with an invitation to
work in full-time ministry. In a place called Willis, Texas,
almost too small to be on the map, Don's found z new home. A
church called Grace International and Pastors Bill and Evelyn Traylor
began to embrace him and he them.
With each new phase of his life growth
has occurred. At Grace Intl. he has been blessed with rich
relationships. These relationships have taken him around the world
playing his music, expressing God's love. He not only is an accomplished
musician, composer and teacher; he is a man of vision. One of his
greatest accomplishments is to see greatness in others and then help
draw it out of them. His music continues to move the heart, soothe the
soul and now it touches the spirit as well. He has made a pledge to walk
and talk and play in the spirit and he is forever "SEEKING A HIGHER
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America The Beautiful
Think About His Love
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