Teaches Drum Set, Percussion
William Paterson University
Charlie Parker, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, The Grateful Dead, Cannonball Adderley, Joe Henderson, Jimi Hendrix, Shirley Horn, McCoy Tyner, The Dave Matthews Band, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Peterson, Lee Morgan, Wes Montgomery
Jazz, Pop, Rock, Country
Drum Set, Percussion
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All
Eric Dupont was born and raised in New Hampshire, receiving his first drum set at the age of 12. Beginning to seriously hone his craft in high school, he earned titles as the NHMEA Jazz All-State drummer and recipient of the Woody Herman Jazz Award. His work as his school’s Drumline captain, jazz band drummer, and wind symphonic band percussionist led him to performances as far as New York, Florida, Canada, Germany, and Austria.
Eric attended the jazz program at William Paterson University on music scholarship – he graduated magna cum laude in 2016 as the Outstanding Musician Award recipient, with a major in Jazz Studies and Music Management. With the school’s close proximity to New York City, Eric was fortunate enough to study under the tutelage of such drum heavyweights as Billy Hart, Winard Harper, Horacee Arnold and Bill Goodwin.
Eric was recently selected as one of 15 fellows of the 2018 Program for Jazz at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute in Highland Park, IL. Although jazz is one of his main focuses, Eric has experience performing in a variety of pop, rock, and country bands and encourages his students to embrace all styles of music.