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James Alan Nowell

I started performing early, singing with my sister accompanying on piano around age 4. I began the clarinet in school band around age 13 and added saxophone during my freshman year in college in 1974. After graduation I went on the road with a show band named The Spurrlows for about 4 years, left the road and got a public school teaching job. I taught for about a year before returning to the road with a contemporary Christian group called TRUTH. After leaving, I returned home, got married, and eventually moved to Lynchburg Va to work with Dr. Jerry Falwell at Thomas Road Baptist Church and the Liberty Broadcasting Network. My job there involved duties as a staff musician where we did some outreach touring, weekly recording sessions, live Sunday broadcasts, and other affiliated television shows. After leaving Lynchburg I returned to Anderson SC where I took a teaching position at a middle school for band and orchestra, assisted the local high school marching and jazz bands as well as teaching woodwinds as an adjunct at several regional universities. I'm in my 28th year of teaching middle school band, play with an area orchestra, free lance for bands and shows in the area, and direct The Electric City Big Band. Some of the artists and groups I have performed with include The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Sammy Kaye Band, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Jon Faddis, and most recently Chris Vadala.


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