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** Check our Tour Schedule for our regular appearances
                @ High Cotton's Sunday Jazz Brunch***
                                 Thanks to Michele Robertson for the wonderful photo!

Our CD "Scotch & Soda...with a Twist"  available for $12 by calling (864)325-6778 or e-mailing Also available at our live performances for $10. 

One of the most versatile musicians in the southeast, John Hoppe holds degrees from Brevard College and Mars Hill College.  He has performed as a member of
Alma de Candela ,The Asheville Symphony, Carolina Pops, The Foothills Oompah Band, The Foothills Philharmonic, Jazz Stomp Revue, The Pat Throneburg Big Band, Pyramid Brass, The Steubenville Toodlers, Taylors First Baptist Church Orchestra.

He is the former Upper Brass Instructor at The Palmetto Fine Arts Academy, and adjudicates, performs and teaches free-lance as THIS TRUMPET FOR HIRE and leads his own musical entities:

Scotch & Soda... John Hoppe, vocals, trumpet, fluegelhorn and Don Burts, piano & vocals...The Great American Saloon Singer Songbook performed in a style as intimate and refreshing as a Scotch and Soda...with a Twist. We often add bassist Pete Cash for an extra "Twist".  Decembers find Scotch & Soda  providing "Christmas Spirits" for many a holiday occasion.  *Check out our CD "Scotch & Soda...with a Twist"*

Trumpeters Two
...We perform at weddings, church services, and funerals.  We recommend Randall Blackburn, organist, and together we perform our hour-long program "The Trumpets Shall Sound" for your special church event.  

The Grumpy Old Jazzmen...John Hoppe, vocals, cornet, fluegelhorn,, Joe DiPrima, guitar, Pete Cash, bass, .... The best in classic jazz for any occasion or venue...Remember, it is never to early to book us for a Grumpy Little Christmas. 

La Bon Musique...John Hoppe, English vocals, muted trumpet, Chantal Haskell, violin & French vocals,  Al Mulle, accordion, Abe Marsh, bass.  A French Cafe Band for America.  We perform popular French music, French music made popular with English lyrics, and American music extolling the joys of France. Keep us in mind this December for la joyeux noel.

The Discouraging Word…John Hoppe, vocals, guitar, tambourine, John Robertson, vocals, guitar, Chantal Haskell, vocals, violin, Abe Marsh, bass.  A folk group performing hits of the folk era plus sparkling new originals... We perform St. Patrick's Day parties and concerts as Whiskey in the Jar.

A Touch of Brass...A brass quintet which plays everything from Bach to Beatles with many stops in between.  John Hoppe & Jim Kilgus, trumpets; Christina Cornell, French Horn; Chris Coker, trombone; Rick Neiman, Tuba. We perform both sacred and secular Christmas Music. "You sound like Christmas at Macy's back when Macy's WAS Macy's!" - Howard Entertainment, IGCA 

The Swing Shift Combo...Swing and jazz classics with a sprinkling of other genres performed by a 10-piece combo featuring the lead trumpet and vocals of John Hoppe and jazz masters Dave Vandenberg, trumpet and Don Burts, piano  as well as the vocal stylings of Allyson Cox Southerlin.

The Godfrey Daniels Big Band...A swinging 18-piece big band which includes The Swing Shift Combo, and Scotch & Soda...with a get three fine bands for the price of one.  For special patriotic events, we become an 19-piece concert big band to perform our popular Patriotic Pops Concert  

All-Purpose Grind...Roughly translated as to "What you will".  So far we've performed as Fifties, British Invasion, Cabaret, swing, jazz, and Roaring Twenties bands.  Let us know what type of music YOU'RE requiring. 

Mr. Hoppe has performed at venues including area churches, the original Blues Boulevard Jazz Club, The Brown Street Club, The Capital City Club, Carolina First Center, The Cascades at Verdae, Charlie's Steak House, Courtyard Marriott, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Embassy Suites, Faith Chapel, Fleur Field, Fountain Inn Fountain, Furman University Amphitheatre, Gaston Country Club, High Cotton, The Hyatt Regency, Larkin's on the River, London's Restaurant & Jazz Bar,The Masters' House, Patrick Square, The Phoenix Greenville's Inn, Pretty Place, Ryan Nicholas Inn, Summit Hills, TimbeRock @ Hoskins Family Farm, Tryon Estates, The Woodlands, Woodlawn Funeral Home, and The Wyche Pavillion and has been booked into performance venues in the Poconos such as Miguel's of Belfast and Sycamore Grille.

He has performed for events which include Annual 4th of July Concerts, Artisphere Kick-off & Statue Unveiling,  Cascades Verdae Signing Day & Grand Opening,  City of Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, Fridays at the Fountain Concert Series, funerals, Furman Lakeside Concert Series, Greenville Drive baseball games, Greenville's Inaugural Ball, Greenville Rotaract's Wine & Jazz, High Cotton's Sunday Jazz Brunch, Jazz on the Square, Leadership Greenville Graduation Banquets, The Hope Ball Sponsors' Reception, Mardi Gras celebrations, Metropolitan Club United Way Banquet, Relay for Life, The Sarcoma Warriors Jazz Jam Block Party, Upstate Forever's  Dinner of the Decade, Veteran's Day events, other banquets, civic and corporate events, dining entertainment, parties and receptions, plus church services and weddings.

Booking agents who have used his talents include  Crawford Strategy,  Howard Events IGCA,  Smoak Public Relations, and Up to 11 Events.

John Hoppe will provide the very best live! music for your club, restaurant, or special event, whether it be business, wedding & reception, party, concert, or any other occasion.

Telephone us at: (864)325-6778
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Performing with Dan Danish as Scotch & Soda @ Sycamore Grille, Delaware Water Gap, PA

La Bon Musique performing French Cafe music
John Brookshire, bass; Chantal Haskell, violin/vocals; John Hoppe, trumpet/vocals; Vince Demor, accordion
*thanks to Mara-lee Lapp Stricker for the photo* 

The Swing Shift Combo  at  the Furman Lakeside Concert Series
 June 13, 2013

John Hoppe, trumpet& vocals; Don Burts, keyboard & vocals; Earl Sachais, trombone; Jeff Hook, drums; Allyson Cox Southerlin, alto sax & vocals; Mike Bowe, baritone & alto saxes; John Brookshire, bass (in for Abe Marsh; Paul Fitzgerald, tenor sax; Dave Vandenberg, trumpet. 

John Hoppe @ Crystal Rain Recording Studio - he appears on the new Paradise Blue release "X"  (Ten)

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