A native of Montevallo, Alabama, Jim is now known world-over for this musical compositions and arrangements for concert band, marching bands, and jazz ensembles. While serving as Assistant Professor of Music and staff arranger at Troy State University and Auburn University in his home state, Jim penned the only official publication of the Alabama State Song for band and chorus, and served as Music Director and arranger for the Miss Georgia Pageant. While in school, Jim played lead trumpet for the Auburn Knights Orchestra that featured vocalist Toni Tennille and saxophonist Dave Edwards. They can be heard on their 1960 recording titled "Happy." After college Jim also did mini-tours with Billy Butterfield, June Christy, Warren Covington and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and two summer tours abroad with "Fred Waring's "Kids from Home." Now retired, Jim and Pam spend winters in San Antonio, Texas and summer months in Lake Guntersville, Alabama.