Dante’ Pope is a multi-genre drummer and vocalist and a native of Chicago, Illinois. He blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has been showcased all around the world. For several years, he supported Dom Flemons, founder and former member of the Grammy Award winning, Carolina Chocolate Drops. In this trio, Dante' expanded his musical palate and learned early-America rhythms and percussive instrumental styles such as the rhythm bones and spoons. As a trio, they performed with the likes of Grammy Award winning, Old Crow Medicine Show and performed for the grand opening of the newly opened Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Most recently, Dante’ toured with Kenny Wesley and the Soulful Nerd Band to Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Madagascar through the State Department's, American Music Abroad Program. While abroad, they performed and taught master classes on funk, gospel and music from the African diaspora. Currently, Dante' plays for Grammy-nominated, soul sensation Raheem Devaughn and Wes Felton, better known as The CrossRhodes Project.
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 Johnny Cash, 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.
For five years, Dante’ suspended his music career to go into public service. He worked as a Legislative Aide to Congressman Danny K. Davis from Chicago, Illinois. He managed policy issues such as arts in education, energy and homeland security through the office of Congressman Davis for the 7th Congressional District of Illinois. While working in Congress he learned how to partner passion with purpose and has avidly worked to perfect his ability to help others, by partnering his art with the heart of an advocate. Dante' is dedicated to the growth of young musicians. He served as the principal music teacher at Two Rivers Public Charter School, in Washington, D.C.