Jim has been teaching and performing for over 25 years. He did his undergraduate work in Music Education at the University of Kansas and his graduate work at James Madison University.
Jim has also been lucky enough to have studied with some of the preeminent trumpet teach/performers in the country, which includes James Burke, Bob McCoy, Armando Ghitalla and Allen Vizzutti.
Jim has worked with students of all ages and levels, from beginner through professional.
Jim has been a staff musician at both Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Ringling Bros, and has performed with Wayne Newton, Aretha Franklin, The Drifters and Regis Philbin.