James received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University. James has taught privately for several years, served as a Percussion Mentor at Tower Heights Middle School (2007), Director of Percussion at Bellbrook HS/MS (2007-2008), Assistant Band Director at Baker MS/Fairborn HS (2010-2011), Director of Percussion at Kettering Fairmont HS (2009-2013), Director of Percussion at Seminole HS (2013), and currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (2014-Present). He served on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2003), the Madison Scouts (2004-2006), Carolina Crown (2007-2008), the Cadets (2009-2011), and RhythmX (2005-2013). He served as the visual designer for Madison Independent (2011), Eastside Fury (2011-2013), and as the Caption Head/Arranger for Infinity Percussion (2014-2018), Redline Percussion (2015-2018), and the Madison Scouts (2012-2018). James currently works with Spirit of America (2006-present), and is the Battery Coordinator for Cap City Percussion.