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BA (Hons), PGCE
Hailing from Stockport James was into a musical family, with three older brothers all of whom played brass instruments. After trying several different instruments James settled on the baritone. James performed with the Stockport Schools\\\\\\\' brass band and won countless National Youth Championships as well as Entertainment championships. James obtained his degree from the University of Salford studying under Dr Roy Newsom, Professor David Kind and Professor Peter Graham. He has performed with Besses Boys\\\\\\\' Band, Besses O\\\\\\\' Th\\\\\\\' Barn, VBS Poynton, Milnrow and Leyland bands. As a conductor James has led the Stockport Schools\\\\\\\' youth band to several contest victories and guided Besses Boys\\\\\\\' Band from the 4th to 2nd section. James has adjudicated several slow melody and solo competitions. James is Head of Expressive Arts at The Derby High School Bury and National Secretary for the National Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.