James Howseman started playing

the trumpet in the 4th grade.  By

the time he was a sophomore in

high school, he was playing

lead/principle trumpet in all of the

groups he was asked to perform



At that time he also began teaching, taking on a number of beginning and

intermediate students in his spare time.  When he moved on to college, he began

studying with the likes of Claude Gordon, Dave Burkhart, Dwight Cannon, and

Randy Masters, and playing with such notable ensembles as the San Jose Civic

Light Opera, the Spartan Marching Band and the award winning Latin Jazz



After leaving the field of music for a number of years to pursue careers in sales

and finance, he began teaching and playing again in the early 1990's and hasn't

looked back.  Since that time James has played with many different groups

spanning a wide range of musical styles.  Including, A Touch Of Brass, the

Musicians Warehouse Big Band featuring Louie Bellson, Cathedral of Faith

Orchestra, Kool Kats, Souled-Out, Western Stage, San Jose Children's Musical

Theater, Orchestra Gitano, Groove Doctors, Sunnyvale House Rockers, and

many college and community bands in the South Bay area.  James has also been

fortunate enough to have performed with Bobby Shew, Louie Bellson, John

Worley, Ed Morrison, Mike Vax, Jim Dooley, Scott Englebright, Dave and Graham

Richards, Brian Boothe, Tom Tomacello, and Joe Hodge.


James has also performed in many popular musicals including, West Side Story,

Singin' in the Rain, Will Rogers Follies, No, No, Nannette, Hello Dolly, Annie, Into

the Woods, Brigadoon, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Nutcracker, Gypsy, and

Chorus Line.


Over the years, James has taken lessons from the great Bobby Shew, Claude

Gordon, Mike Vax, Robert Szabo, Joe Davis, Bruce Haag, and Tom Brozene.


Currently, James teaches music privately from the studios of West Valley Music in

Mountain View, CA.  In addition James plays regularly with the Cathedral of Faith

Orchestra in San Jose, The Hitmen, the Mike Sloan Big Band, and a number of

local bands primarily appearing at private parties, corporate events and

recording sessions.


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