BA (Hons), PGCE
Conductor, Band Trainer, Teacher, Arranger
Born into a musical family James began playing at the age of 6, joining the Stockport School Intermediate band aged 8. Later James held the position of Solo Baritone with Besses Boys Band before moving onto Besses O' Th' Barn, he has also played for Milnrow and Leyland bands.
James' first conducting position was with the Stockport Schools Brass bands before being appointed to the position of Musical Director with Besses Boys whom he has guided from 4th to second section with two successive area wins and three Nationals qualifications.