Jim's been involved with Barbershop for 14 years. He started by singing in the BBS quartet in The Music Man. Good thing. If the show's director had followed through on his original plans, Jim would have been cast to play the part of Harold Hill! Fortunately for the world of Barbershopping, he not only casted Jim into the show's Quartet, but he also assigned him the job of vocal director. A Barbershop Whiz Kid was born.
Cutting to the chase, and saving on web guru costs, we decided not to mention Jim's elementary and high school musical beginnings playing a trumpet, a baritone horn and a French horn. Nor will we divulge his acting and dancing beginnings in such shows as Kiss Me Kate and Teahouse of the August Moon, and it may not interest anyone to know of his high school activities with an advanced choir and a Madrigal group.
After high school, Jim entered Cal State University, Fresno, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Music. He went on to earn a Teaching Credential and Masters degree. Today, Jim yawns, "Yes, that's right, a Masters degree in music and $2.50 will buy you a cup of coffee!"
Skipping bunches more of Jim's biographic material, it's important that we not forget to mention the several things he briibed us to include. Not only does he currently serve as Front-Line Director in the FWD Chapter of Channel Island Clippers – Hey! That's us! – and he also sings the lead in the Priority Male Barbershop Quartet.
Ca-Ching! Nuf said.