Trumpeter, Arranger, Composer, Producer and Arts Consultant; Jon-Paul Frappier has performed, recorded, and toured for over 25 years with artists like Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Kirk Franklin, and The Temptations. A Detroit native with a versatile and eclectic background. His 2012 solo release "Funkybrass" as well as the 2010
"A Brass Christmas at The National Shrine" recordings display his range and versatility as a Trumpet Player, Arranger, Composer, and Producer. His compositions and arrangements were featured in 2016 on Fox’s Rosewood, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Jon-Paul has played, arranged and/or contracted for thousands of live shows and over 500 Nashville recordings. He toured with Grammy winner Mike Farris from 2009-2016, and was a member of Charles Walker and The Dynamites from 2007-2012. He has performed at The Hollywood Bowl, The LA Coliseum, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, SXSW, The Ryman, The Grand Ole Opry, and on 10 International Tours. J.P. has recorded with Producers like Kevin Kadish, Mark Bright, Brent Maher, Kevin Killen, Denny Diante, Ronnie King, Tommy Sims, and Keith Thomas. Jon-Paul has recorded at most of the major Nashville studios including; Ocean Way, Blackbird, Warner Brothers, RCA studio A, and House of Blues just to name a few. His string and horn arrangements appear on Grammy nominated recordings and the Juno award winning 2012 Platinum Recording "Fire It Up" by Canadian artist Johnny Reid. Jon-Paul was a board member and arranger with The Chatterbird Chamber Ensemble in Nashville for 2014-2016. Jon-Paul is now Principal Trumpet, Arranger and Vice President of The Denver Pops Orchestra, and a member of The Denver Jazz Orchestra.

Performed with:

LIONEL RICHIE
LITTLE BIG TOWN
ARETHA FRANKLIN
THE TEMPTATIONS
THE FOUR TOPS
THE CONTOURS
CHRIS STAPLETON
BRANDI CARLILE
MAREN MORRIS
MARGOT PRICE
MY MORNING JACKET
JACK WHITE
BRENDAN BENSON (The Rancantours)
SHARON JONES & The Dap Kings
GEORGE CLINTON & P-FUNK
LUTHER ALLISON
ROY HARGROVE
JAMES CARTER
ROY BROOKS
ELLIS MARSALIS
MARCUS BELGRAVE
KENNY COX
REGINA CARTER
DENNIS COFFEY (FUNK BROS.)
PISTOL ALLEN (FUNK BROS.)
CHESTER THOMPSON
JORDAN SPARKS
TAYLOR HICKS
MARK BROUSSARD
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL STARS
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
ROOM FULL OF BLUES
MICHEAL STUART
FRANKIE RUIZ JR.
THE MACHITO ORCHESTRA
RAY SANTOS
JERRY GONZALEZ
KID ROCK
DELBERT McCLINTON
JON CLEARY
LEE OSKAR
JAKOB DYLAN
DWELE
KEELY SMITH
PETULA CLARK
BERNADETTE PETERS
RICHARD SMALLWOOD
TOBY KEITH
KRIS ALLEN
LEE GREENWOOD
JIM LAUDERDALE
JOHN RICH
LUKE BRYAN
GRETCHEN WILSON
CLAY WALKER
NATALIE GRANT
LEE BRICE

.....and many more


TV appearances that include;

2015 PBS CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT
2015 CMA FESTIVAL, LITTLE BIG TOWN. ABC
2009-2015 MT ZION NASHVILLE (CBS WEEKLY BROADCAST)
2013 CMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR, LIONEL RICHIE. ABC
2011 CCMA AWARDS-JOHNNY REID, CBC
2011 GENIE AWARDS-JOHNNY REID, CBC
2011 JOHNNY REID PBS SPECIAL
2010 ACM AWARDS, LAURA BELL BUNDY. ABC
2010 GOOD MORNING AMERICA, LAURA BELL BUNDY. ABC
2009 THE DYNAMITES "ALBUM OF THE WEEK" CHANNEL PLUS. PARIS, FRANCE
2008 THE DYNAMITES "ALBUM OF THE WEEK" CHANNEL PLUS. PARIS, FRANCE
2000 WEST SIDE STORY, PBS DETROIT
1998 HBO COMIC RELIEF "LIVE AT THE FOX THEATRE" DETROIT, MI
1997 NBC "GO FOR IT" MUSICAL SERIES DETROIT, MI
1995 DETROIT INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW (soundtrack) DETROIT, MI


Classical and Orchestral Performances Include

Tour of Italy in 1987 including a private concert for
Pope John Paul II. and a concert at St. Peter's Basilica.

Founder of "The Gabreili Brass Quintet 1990-2015. Performing at the "National Shrine of the Little Flower Basillica," in Royal Oak, MI. Jon-Paul played, arranged and produced the Quintet's 2010 release "A Brass Christmas"

Principal Trumpet 1993-99 Lake St. Clair Symphony, MI.

Assistant Principal Trumpet International Symphony Sarnia, Canada 1997-2002

2008 The Nashville Chamber Orchestra

Chatterbird Chamber Ensemble in Nashville for 2014-2016

2017 Principal Trumpet of The Denver Pops Orchestra

Broadway Shows include;

West Side Story (Lead, 40 shows)
Jesus Christ Superstar
Into The Woods
Chicago
Ain't Misbehavin'
Mame
Company
42nd Street
Hello Dolly
Annie
White Christmas
Sisters Of Swing
Ain't Misbehavin'
Beehive

MEMBER AFM 257 Nashville
Member of the Education and Outreach Committee 2014-2016

Teaching

The Ensworth School in Nashville- Private Instructor/Contractor/Arranger
2013-present

Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville- Private Brass Instructor
2015-2016

The Center For Creative Studies Detroit,MI
1997-98 Trumpet Instructor

Marygrove College. Detroit,MI
1999-2001 Adjunct Professor Jazz Studies

Education

B.A. in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies, Oakland University. Rochester, MI 1993

Graduate Jazz Studies at The Center For Creative Studies Detroit, MI 1995-1996

Composition and Arranging Studies

Stanley Hollingsworth- Acclaimed Composer. Prix de Rome winner and
student of Darius Milhaud, Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber

Ed Nuccilli- Motown Arranger, Composer and Detroit Jazz Icon