Eric Dupont was born and raised in New Hampshire and received his first drum set at the age of 12. Beginning to seriously hone his craft in high school through his study with John Medeiros, Jr., he earned titles as an NHMEA Jazz All-State Honors Band participant and a 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. While Eric would mainly pursue jazz in the future, his primary gigs at this time were in a number of cover and original bands – his groups earned first place in such local band competitions as St. Anselm College’s K Rocks Battle of the Bands, the Rockin’ Ribfest Teen Band Competition, and the Rebelfest Battle of the Bands.
Eric initially studied classical percussion with Jeff Fischer at the University of Massachusetts in 2012, while studying drum set privately with Boston legend Fred Buda. In 2013, Eric transferred to the prestigious jazz program at William Paterson University on music scholarship – he recently graduated magna cum laude 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 jazz luminaries as Winard Harper, Horacee Arnold, Bill Goodwin, Marcus McLaurine, and Harold Mabern, Jr. Throughout college, Eric frequently returned home to the Boston area to continue his work in a number of pop, country, and rock cover and original bands.
Eric currently travels between Boston and his current home in the New York City area, where he can be heard at a number of each city’s most prominent venues, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Harlem Tavern, The Garage NYC, Trumpets Jazz Club, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, and Loretta’s Last Call. His most recent performances include an appearance at the Gratifonia Music Festival in Hughesville, Pennsylvania and a current regular engagement at Natsumi NYC. Eric draws inspiration from his drum heroes, which include Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Art Blakey, and Louis Hayes, while he is also heavily influenced by some of the great accompanists, like Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, and Oscar Peterson.
Eric has received scholarships and grants from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Music Business Association. Aside from gigging regularly, Eric teaches private lessons and works to further himself as a musician through practice and listening to the greats on records and at New York City’s legendary venues.
Besides endorsing Rich Sticks, Eric uses Gretsch drums, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo drumheads.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgYkt6Day7E – Southern City Band at Toby Keith’s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgR64Axzot8 – Southern City Band at Loretta’s Last Call (more videos on the channel)
https://www.facebook.com/edupont5/videos/vb.724783789/10152884224523790/?type=3&theater – Figure 8 at Hudson Memorial School (more videos on the page)