A native of Ashtabula, Jim attended Kent State University’s Hugh Glauser School of Music and Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music. Jim studied voice locally with Jim Onion, trumpet with local musicians Oliver Kaura and Ward Hamm, and French horn with William Slocum, assistant principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. Jim has been playing in local bands since the 6th grade, including “Soul Expression,” “Ovations,” “Time Bandits,” and “Northeasterly Winds.” He was the principle hornist for the Ashtabula Area Orchestra and is currently a member of the very popular “King Pins,” which specialize in tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, and is one of the original and still active members of the “Blues Project,” a well-known local blues band. Jim is the brass coach for Ashtabula’s Braden Junior High and for Lakeside High School Marching Band. In addition, he teaches steel drum, piano, and band for After School Discovery. He spends his Sunday mornings playing music for several local churches. His students at the arts center routinely rise to the top of their section, and many of them have participated in the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, with several receiving college scholarships.