James Sparrow is Professor of Music and Coordinator for Instrumental Music. He teaches music education, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and brass chamber ensembles. Dr. Sparrow’s students have received prestigious honors in international competitions, graduate-teaching awards at several major universities and conservatories, given professional performances all over the world, and are professional music educators in several states and abroad.
Dr. Sparrow has been a certified music educator since 1984 when he became Assistant Director of Bands at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga. In addition to public school band and orchestra, he has taught trombone and music education at Columbus State University and Cameron University, and taught instrumental music methods courses at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with other graduate work at Columbus State University and the University of Northern Colorado. He earned the Master of Arts in Trombone Performance from the University of Denver and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Columbus State University.
He has performed and conducted in the U.S., the Bahamas, Japan, and Russia. He has performed and presented research at International Trombone Festivals in Boulder, Columbus, Nashville, and Iowa City; the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C.; the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago; at national conventions for MENC (NAfME), IAJE; and at state music education conventions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Colorado. He is the founding director of the Low Brass Retreat at Mars Hill University, an educational weekend dedicated to the development of low brass students of all ages.
He is principle trombone with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Asheville Lyric Opera, and performs with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Jazz Orchestra and the Palmetto Posaunen. His extensive commercial performance career includes professional work with Clay Aiken, Pat Boone, Debbie Boone, Dave Brubeck, Diahann Carroll, The Mills Brothers, The Temptations, Mel Torme, Dionne Warwick, Warren Haynes, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and many others. He has spent considerable time working in recording studios, including the last seven CDs with the Cincinnati Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon, conductor; the Steep Canyon Rangers; and Secret Agent 23 Three Skidoo.