Jacob Dupre is a fifth generation musician and composer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a 2014 graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music where he earned an undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media. He is also a 2016 graduate of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas of Austin where he earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies.
Accomplished far beyond his age, he plays piano, trumpet, bass, drums, and is a vocalist and composer. He began his formal music training at the age of four, and early on showed a gift for jazz. Jacob studied privately, and while a student playing in elementary and middle school bands, he was selected for All Parish ensembles and participated in Jazz Festivals, earning top scholarships and awards. As a high school musician, he was selected to both Jazz and Classical All State Ensembles on both piano and trumpet. He also attended various festivals and workshops such as the Loyola Jazz Workshop & Festival in New Orleans, the University of North Texas Jazz Festival and Vocal Jazz Workshop, the Florida State Summer Workshop, the Eastman Summer Jazz Workshop, and the Birch Creek Music Academy in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, earning high accolades and awards in all events. While attending Baton Rouge Academic and Performing Arts Magnet High School, Jacob studied classical and jazz piano with renowned Louisiana musicians and educators, Willis Delony and Mike Esneault.
After graduation, he went on to pursue a degree in Piano Performance in Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. At Eastman, Jacob studied with esteemed faculty, namely, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins, Tony Caramia, and Dariusz Terefanko. He had the honored tutelage of jazz greats such as Fred Hersch, Brian Dickinson, and Danny Grissett and shared the stage with outstanding musicians and composers such as Peter Erskine, John Fedchock, Bob Sheppard, Charles Pillow, Dennis Mackrel, Bill Kirchner, and Bill Holeman. Jacob is a former member of the Eastman Lab Band, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and the Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins. He was a member of the Dave Rivello Ensemble and performed regularly as a leader and side-man in ensembles throughout the Rochester area. He has performed as a soloist and group member throughout Louisiana, Chicago, Austin, and New York City.
Jacob’s honors include performing as guest soloist with the Louisiana All State Jazz Ensemble at the 2011 Jazz Education Network Conference, performing in the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival with his jazz trio "Dupre on Krol,” performing in the 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with the big band "Colossus," and performing with the Eastman Wind Ensemble as a guest soloist on Gershwin's "Catfish Row.” He also received the extremely high honor of being nominated for the 2015 American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Fellowship Award. Jacob supports the local arts community by performing for non-profit organizations, playing with community ensembles, and participating in outreach programs for young musicians. Since the age of six, he has been an active member of his faith community and remains so, serving as a pastoral musician and accompanist.
In addition to his career as a musician and educator, Jacob has composed, arranged, and produced his own music for various projects including animation, films, music videos, jingles/ads, live shows, and musical/theater productions. His scores have been featured in film festivals across the country like his score for the short film The There by Austin filmmaker Scott Cobb. The There has been featured in eight film festivals across the U.S., including the 2015 Hill Country Film Festival, 2015 Muscatine Film Festival, 2015 FilmShift Festival, 2015 Bastrop Texas Film and Music Festival, 2015 Sun and Sands Film Festival, and the 2016 Cinema on The Bayou Film Festival.