Educated on scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, James has played drums and/or percussion with Monty Powell (Keith Urban's songwriter), Anna Wilson (of Lady Antebellum), Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Michael Mclean, Joe Zawinal (of Weather Report), the Joe Muscolino Band, George Gregory, Dan Weldon, the Little Big Band, 7 seasons at Pioneer theater company, more than 30 musical theater soundtracks and countless CD's and commercial recordings. James has a private teaching studio in Davis County where he keeps a schedule of sixty students year round. His students have received scholarships to all of the local and universities and out of state schools as well.