Hailing from North-East London, James began his playing career through the Redbridge Music Service
on the Baritone horn, but quickly moved to the tuba once he was big enough to hold one!
In 2014, James moved up to Yorkshire to study music at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2017 with a first class degree and the certificate of commendation for a final recital. Alongside his studies James spent a year conducting the university brass band, won the university’s chamber music competition as well as the UniBrass Shield Soloist Prize, and played with several of the area’s top-flight brass bands, a highlight being the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall with the City of Bradford Brass Band.
Now studying for a Masters degree with scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire , under the guidance if Graham Sibley and Les Neish, James does regular work as a freelancer, as well as devoting a large proportion of his time to performing and recording on the Sousaphone with his riot-jazz band Hyde Park Brass, combining traditional New Orleans jazz elements with modern funk, dance music, and hip-hop influences.