Principal Trumpet, Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Artist Faculty, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

jon paul dante

“Man Of The Match"


-The Straits Times, Singapore (July 2018)

Currently one Asia’s most sought after trumpet artists and brass clinicians, native Bostonian Jon Paul Dante was appointed as Section Principal Trumpet of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in May of 2013 by Maestro Lan Shui.  Previously, he served as Section Principal Trumpet of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington, New Zealand where he also served on the trumpet faculty of the New Zealand School of Music.  He is also a member of the Artist Faculty at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Jon has served as Principal Trumpet for many of Asia’s premiere symphony orchestras, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra where he was hailed by the American Record Guide as being “one of the stars of the MPO”.

From 2006 until 2011, Jon served as principal trumpet for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he was hailed as “one of the stars in MPO” by the American Record Guide. Since moving to Asia in 2006, he has taught and performed throughout Singapore, Thailand, Macao, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Taiwan.


In 1999, Jon was appointed as principal trumpet of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and was later appointed the principal trumpet of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. During his seven season tenure with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Jon was a frequent featured soloist and served on several orchestra committees, including the  Board of Directors.



Throughout his career, Jon has performed with distinguished artists such as Pavoratti, Van Cliburn, Joshua Bell, Victor Borge, Yanni, James Morrison and Nestor Torrez. He has also served as guest principal trumpet for the Puerto Rico Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestras. Jon has also performed with the Colorado Music Festival, the Bellingham Music Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Jon has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages including those of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2009, he made his solo debut with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.   


An avid music educator, Jon has held positions on the faculties of the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts, the North Shore Conservatory, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Boston Conservatory of Music from 1995-1999. He has also been a guest clinician at major conservatories and universities worldwide.


As a recording artist, Jon can be heard on Centaur Records releases “Tapesty-Music of Baroque Masters” and “Shepherd’s Hey” with the Paramount Brass, as well as on two Summit Records releases which feature both Philip Smith and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. He can also be heard on the Biss and Naxos labels performing the world’s greatest symphonic repertoire.  More recently, Jon can be heard as principal trumpet on the soundtrack to ‘The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug’ which will be released in December of 2013.


Active also both as an arranger and composer, Jon has arranged and composed works for both piano and brass quintet, many of which have been recorded by the Paramount Brass.

Fluent in virtually every musical genre, Jon has performed and recorded with the acclaimed Albuquerque-based ska band Danny Winn and the Earthlings and can be heard on the soundtrack for the recent award-winning film “Sicko” by Michael Moore. For the decade previous to his pursuit of a symphonic career, Jon was touring extensively throughout the United States and Japan with the Paramount Brass Quintet; an award winning chamber ensemble of which he is both the founder and solo trumpet. The Paramount Brass quickly became one of the most prominent brass ensembles in North America, performing an average of 125 concerts a season as well as conducting teaching residencies at major colleges and universities worldwide.


Away from the trumpet, Jon enjoys yachting, photography, Macintosh computers, web design, and fast motorcycles.


Jon is a trumpet artist and clinician for Conn-Selmer and performs on Bach Stradivarius piston trumpets. He is also proud to be a clinician for B&S Scherzer and plays Scherzer rotary valve trumpets exclusively.





ENCHANTED LAND - New Mexico Symphony Orchestra

Five Orchestral Works Inspired by New Mexico. Tonal/modal, richly-orchestrated music, inspired by the sights, smells, shadows & grandeur of the scenic and spiritual landscape of New Mexico.

TAPESTRY-Music of Baroque Masters

Thoughtful arrangements of some of the greatest baroque music ever written. Performed by the Paramount Brass



Danny Winn and the Earthlings second release. Contains the hit "The Tacky Song"


A re-release of the very first Danny Winn and the Earthlings CD... but not just a straight re-release. Some new horn orchestrations and a couple of brand new songs virtually make this a new release!


Joseph Alessi with the University of New Mexico Wind Ensemble



Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

2011 BISS

PARAMOUNT BRASS-Classics for Brass

Paramount Brass debut album. Contains some of the great orchestral classics, including Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Dvorak's Largo from New World Symphony, Berlioz's Hungarian March, plus 3 pieces written by Jon Dante for the Paramount Brass

SHEPHERD'S HEY-Music of the British Isles

Innovative arrangements of the greatest works ever written for band by the Paramount Brass



The latest and most powerful release by Danny Winn and the Earthlings.


Joseph Alessi and Phil Smith with the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony



Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

2008 BISS


Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

2013 NAXOS



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