Jim’s musical studies began at age eleven on snare drum at Lyman Ward Military Academy in his home state of Alabama. He further developed his drumming skills as an integral member of the Albertville High School Marching Band, where he also began writing percussion scores and features as the battery captain. Upon graduation Jim moved to Nashville, TN to study music at Belmont University. There he studied under Chester Thompson (Phil Collins, Genesis, Frank Zappa) and received his Bachelor of Music in Commercial Percussion Performance.
While a resident of the “Music City” Jim played in numerous bands and recording sessions, as well embarking on several national tours, playing a myriad of musical genres from country to jazz and experimental fusion. Jim’s musical journey took him through recordings and performances as a highly sought after drummer in Huntsville, AL and Virginia Beach, VA before relocating to Lafayette, LA in 2014.
Jim received his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016 and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Music teaching the History of Popular Music, Music Appreciation, and a Music Critic course. He is a staple in the local music scene, performing with local artists Julie Williams, Wilson Savoy, Ray Boudreax, Sabra and the Get Rights,The Cathead Biscuit Boys, Organic Radio, and Grand Nathaniel and the Ghosts.