There once was a little boy whose mom told him he could be anything he wanted…a policeman, a doctor, a lawyer, even the President of the United States.
He exceeded all her expectations and became a music teacher!
He is now a grown man with four kids (he married his high school sweetheart) and two granddaughters, loves eating pizza, mountain biking and spending time with his family (not necessarily in that order). His shoe size is nine and a half (more on that in a moment).
This all grown up little boy currently teaches at Falcon HS, but still finds time to perform, record and do some public speaking 15-20 times a year. Do you get the feeling he loves music?
Now for the boring, adult stuff…
James earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Maine.
He received his music education from the Army School of Music, graduating from the basic, intermediate, and advanced courses over a span of ten years and serving in Virginia, Japan and Colorado. He retired from the Colorado National Guard in 2006.
He earned his teaching license from Western State College in Colorado and completed a master’s in music education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. James believes in the value of life-long learning! He just doesn’t like standardized testing.
James is a member of the following:
- Colorado Music Educator’s Association
- Colorado Bandmaster’s Association
- Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society
- American School Band Directors Association
- Colorado Italian Musicmaster’s Association.
James’ life-long goal continues to be to act his shoe size, not his age.