Dr. James W. Doyle

James W. Doyle (website) is Associate Professor of Music at Adams State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in percussion, pedagogy, world music, music business, and directs the Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers Steel Band and the ASU Percussion Ensemble. James regularly performs with The Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, the San Juan Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs. He’s also a member of the Doyle-Kane Duo for flute and percussion, the international (Japan/U.S.) Kokoro Trio for clarinet, flute, and marimba, the Animas Percussion Quartet, the ASU Faculty Jazz Combo, and performs with numerous commercial artists throughout the Rocky Mountain region, Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a classical, jazz, and commercial music artist, he has toured Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe, performed with numerous Grammy winning artists, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), and is a studio recording artist for Howlin’ Dog Records with more than 40 album credits. James is also a founding member of West Coast Impact, a percussion group dedicated to the performance of traditional Ugandan music as well as 21st century repertoire. 

Before accepting his position at ASU, James served as principal percussionist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West where he spent six years touring, recording, and performing throughout the United States, while maintaining an active freelancing schedule in the San Francisco Bay area. His performances have appeared on PBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS as well as numerous NPR broadcasts. He then served six years with the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast in Fort Worth, TX, and the US Air Forces Central Command Band in Doha, Qatar.

Prior to his appointment with the USAF, James was a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and performed frequently throughout the Gulf Coast. Other regular performance appearances included the Reno Philharmonic, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Classical Philharmonic of San Francisco, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Napa Valley Symphony, California Wind Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony, Natchez Opera Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta, and the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the Air Force Band of the Golden West, Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble, American River Chamber Orchestra, Adams State University, and the Napa College Orchestra.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, James earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Central Missouri, a master’s degree in percussion performance from Louisiana State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He regularly presents clinics and master classes at colleges, universities, PASIC, and other percussion festivals in the United States and abroad, and is a regular music festival adjudicator. He’s a Vic Firth endorser, a Black Swamp Percussion Educator, a Beetle Percussion endorser, President of the Colorado Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and a member of the Percussive Arts Society Drum Set Committee and University Pedagogy Committee. James is also on the board of directors and faculty of the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory.

He has taught applied percussion and the history of rock at UNLV, applied percussion at Western State Colorado University, music literature at Trinidad State Junior College, applied percussion and chamber music at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, and applied percussion, percussion ensemble, and marimba ensemble as a graduate assistant at LSU. Other teaching positions have included the Louisiana State University Music Academy, Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camps, LSU Chamber Winds Camp, Hummingbird Music Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and several high school percussion ensembles and drum lines in Missouri, Louisiana, California, and Colorado. James regularly presents residencies and recitals at universities throughout the United States and Japan.

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