Jim has been a Minnesota native most of his life. Jim plays Yamaha trombones, euphonium, flugel horn and alto trombone. This Yamaha trombone artist has a Bachelor and master's degree in music education from the University of Minnesota and has taught vocal and instrumental music at all levels from elementary through college. Presently he is teacher of low brass and jazz combos at Macphail center in Minneapolis.
As a performer, Jim has toured with Henry Mancini, Ralph Marteri, and Stan Kenton. Jim as traveled with a top show band, has conducted many clinics, and made numerous guest appearances.
He is the director of the Minneapolis Trombone Choir, now in its 47th year. As a classical player who was voted, in 1988 as ''Best Classical Brass'' by the Minnesota Music Academy Awards and the same year he was voted ''Best Mainstream Jazz Brass Player.'' He has played in the pit for many touring Broadway shows.
Jim has been a pops and jazz performer with the Minnesota Orchestra as well as playing with the Minnesota Opera.
Jim also directed the choir at Judson Memorial Baptist Church for 23 years. He has been participating in the Green Lake American Baptist music conference for close to 35 years.
Jim plays runs the Mardi Gras Ramblers at various shows and churches. He also plays with a number of bands and orchestras. They include the Golden Valley Orchestra, St. Anthony Civic Orchestra, the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band, the Capri Big Band, the Big Stoop Chamberlain Band, ''Klezmer and All That Jazz'', and the George Maurer group.
For the last five years Jim has been the conductor of the Como Pops Ensemble, a popular professional concert band in the city of St. Paul, MN.
Jim has a CD called ''The Jambone'' which has been played numerous times on the jazz station in Minneapolis. He is also an accomplished vocalist.