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James Doyle

Alamosa, CO         

James Doyle is Assistant Professor of Music at Adams State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in percussion, pedagogy, world music, music business, and directs the Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers Steel Band and the ASU Percussion Ensemble. He’s also on the applied teaching faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is host of the Adams State/Yamaha Summer Percussion Camp. James regularly performs with The Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, the San Juan Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs, the Animas Music Festival, the ASU Faculty Jazz Combo, the Doyle-Kane Duo for flute and percussion, and numerous commercial artists throughout the Rocky Mountain region and Las Vegas, Nevada.   Before accepting his position at ASU, James served as principal percussionist with the Air Force Band of the Golden West where he spent six years touring, recording, and performing throughout the western United States, while maintaining an active freelancing schedule in the San Francisco Bay area. His performances have appeared on PBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS as well as numerous NPR broadcasts. Prior to his appointment with the band, James was a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and performed frequently throughout the Gulf Coast. Other regular performance appearances included the Reno Philharmonic, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Classical Philharmonic of San Francisco, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Napa Valley Symphony, California Wind Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony, Natchez Opera Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta, and the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the Air Force Band of the Golden West, Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble, American River Chamber Orchestra, Adams State University, and the Napa College Orchestra.   As a classical, jazz, and commercial music artist, he has toured Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe, performed with numerous Grammy winning artists, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and is a studio recording artist for Howlin’ Dog Records. James is also a founding member of West Coast Impact, a percussion group dedicated to the performance of traditional Ugandan music as well as 21st century repertoire.    A native of St. Louis, Missouri, James earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Central Missouri, a master’s degree in percussion performance from Louisiana State University, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He regularly presents clinics and master classes at colleges, universities, and percussion festivals in the United States and abroad, maintains a successful private teaching studio, and is an active music festival adjudicator. He’s a Vic Firth endorser, a Black Swamp Percussion Educator, a Beetle Percussion endorser, President of the Colorado Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and a member of the Percussive Arts Society Drum Set Committee and University Pedagogy Committee.   He has taught percussion at Western State Colorado University, applied percussion and the history of rock at UNLV, music literature at Trinidad State Junior College, lessons and chamber music at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, and lessons, percussion ensemble, and marimba ensemble as a graduate assistant at LSU. Other teaching positions have included the Louisiana State University Music Academy, Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camps, LSU Chamber Winds Camp, Hummingbird Music Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and several high school percussion ensembles and drum lines in Missouri, Louisiana, California, and Colorado. – See more at: http://www.jameswdoyle.com/bio/#sthash.LaYZl4Sn.dpuf