Born in South Tyneside, England in 1993, James grew up in Langley Park, an old pit village in County Durham. James’ passion for brass music began when he started learning to play the cornet at primary school and when he first joined his local brass band in Lanchester on cornet.
After a few years playing with Lanchester Brass Band James transferred to join Durham Miners Association Brass Band, during this time James began studying GCSE Music. Naturally, after enjoying studying music at GSCE he went on to study it at A level and then at the University of Huddersfield, where he achieved a 2:1 (honours) bMus. The main areas of music James studied were: composition, conducting, 21st century music, experimental music, composing music for film and music history and culture. Whilst studying at university James continued to play in brass bands, at first he played with the Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band, during his third year he played with the Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band and the University Brass Band.
During all of this James has developed a passion for writing arrangements and original music for brass bands. Now that James has finished his degree he is now completing a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language course) as he hopes to teach English abroad over the coming year or two.