James Box, faculty (2017 CTS)
James Box currently serves as Principal Trombone with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a position he has held since 2001. He has also held the position of Principal Trombone with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling (West Virginia) Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo Leon (Mexico).
James has held the position of Assistant Professor of Trombone at McGill University since 2003. He has also served on the trombone faculty of the University of Akron, National Orchestral Institute, the Orford Arts Centre, and the Sewanee Summer Music Center. James also has served as Guest Lecturer at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
A native of Ripley, Tennessee, James first studied trombone with his father and grandfather. James holds a B.M. magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, and a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major teachers include John Kitzman, James DeSano, and Steve Witser.
James has made solo appearances with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the McGill Wind Symphony, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. In 2003, he premiered a commissioned solo work with the Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble. James has also performed chamber music at the Edinburgh Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. In 2001, he presented a solo recital that was broadcast nationally by CBC/Radio-Canada.
James exclusively plays Stanley W. Matras Custom Trombones, and he is currently contributing to the design of a new series of professional model trombones.