Jim is the bandleader and trombonist in Cirque du Soleil's Kooza, which is currently touring North America. More information is available at Kooza's site.
Jim completed his master's degree in jazz studies at the University of Southern California in 2005, after serving for 2 years as a teaching assistant in the USC jazz department. Prior to his studies at USC, Jim had a 2 year stint on the road performing the lead/solo trombone role in the touring cast of the TONY® and EMMY® award-winning production Blast! Before he joined the Blast cast in May 2001, Jim was a freelance musician in Orlando, Florida. He played trombone in various ensembles in the parks at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as other gigs around the central Florida area. Jim's experiences included performing with the Christmas Brass, the Hollywood Hitmen, the Kids of the Kingdom Band, and other professional groups. During this time, Jim also played for 2 weeks on the MS Zaandam (Holland America) in the ship’s orchestra. He was the jazz soloist for the 2000 Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, which played in the Magic Kingdom that summer. Before that, in May 2000, he graduated from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI with a bachelor's degree in music education.