WIlliam James

AUDITION: Any Percussion Audition

Perform one mock audition, lasting up to 10-minutes, and receive video feedback from Mr. James.

William J. James is the Principal Percussionist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He won the position at the age of twenty-five while a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from New England Conservatory with a Masters of Music received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Northwestern University. Will has played with many outstanding ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and Chautauqua Festival Orchestra.

Mr. James is a very active educator in the percussion community. He is the Guest Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Missouri. His book The Modern Concert Snare Drum Roll has been met with critical acclaim as a much needed resource for both teachers and students. He has a studio of local students in Saint Louis and has given countless masterclasses across the country at numerous colleges, summer festivals, Days of Percussion and universities; teaching the next generation of great percussionists. Will proudly uses Zildjian Cymbals, Malletech Sticks and Instruments, Evans Drumheads, Grover Percussion Instruments and Beetle Percussion Products in all of his musical projects and performances. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Will visits the Old North State often, where he enjoys the outdoors and still pulls for his favorite sports teams.

You can find out more about Will and read his blog at www.williamjamespercussion.com


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