James Madison University, School of Music

880 S. Main Street, MSC 7301

Harrisonburg, VA  22807


David Pope is Professor of Saxophone and a Distinguished Teacher of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  He holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Eastman School of Music.  He also completed doctoral coursework at the University of Miami.  DownBeat magazine named him Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Instrumentalist for 1994.


An active composer and author, he built an international reputation for his regular column in Saxophone Journal (1994-2013).  He currently authors “Beyond Boundaries” for Saxophone Today.  He has performed for the International Society for Improvised Music (Switzerland), the World Saxophone Congress (Scotland), the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the College Band Directors National Association, the New England Saxophone Symposium, and he recently served on the faculty of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy (Bangkok, Thailand).


Widely recognized for his unique mastery of multiphonics, David has recorded a CD for Open Loop Records and two masterclass CDs for Saxophone Journal.  His publications are available from Hal Leonard, Dorn, and Ex Tempore.  He is featured on recordings for Albany Records, Dazzle Recordings, and Barry Long’s Freedom in the Air.  His popular YouTube videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.


As a member of the Pioneer Saxophone Quartet, he toured universities and high schools from New York to Florida.  With founding members, Lynn Klock, Angela Space, and George Weremchuk, the quartet premiered works at the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, and the New England Saxophone Symposium.


David studied saxophone with Peter Levesque, Lynn Klock, Wayne Tice, Yusef Lateef, and Gary Keller.  He studied composition and arranging with Jeff Holmes, Fred Sturm, Belinda Takahashi, and Ron Miller.


David Pope plays R. S. Berkeley “Virtuoso” saxophones and he endorses Applied Microphone Technology's "True Acoustic" saxophone mic.