resides in Ansonia CT with his wife Carol. He started his musical
training in his hometown of Salineville, Ohio with the Salineville High
School marching band. There, he was given a choice between playing
the tuba and the bass fiddle and the decision became an easy one when the
band director's wife inadvertently drove over the bass fiddle! A
highlight of his high school band years was being a member of the Salineville
band during which it was conducted by guest conductor, Paul Lavalle of
Cities Service Band fame.
shift changes at Pratt-Whitney, North Haven, CT, Jim managed to devote
12 years of time playing with the Stratford Community Concert Band and
has fond memories of past members: Art Church, Frank Furman, and the "Senior"
years past, he was surprised by a visit from his former high school band
director, Richard Howenstine, who was pleased to hear that Jim was still
"tooting the tuba".