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James has been a freelance drum kit and percussion player for 15 years, and has been involved in multiple bands, orchestras and ensembles during his career. He performed at Liverpool's Echo Arena in December 2018, where he played drum kit in the pit band for the Peter Pan pantomime, starring Mark 'The Beast' Labbett (ITV's 'The Chase), Holly Ellison ('The Voice UK' 2018), and Leanne Campbell (RadioCity host). James has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, playing kit for the University of Manchester Musical Theatre Society’s 4-star production of ‘Godspell’. Other performance work has been with Motown Gold (function band), the University of Manchester Brass Band as principle percussionist (winning the UniBrass Contest with them in 2015),  the Bristol Symphony Orchestra, University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. James holds Grade 8 Distinctions in both Drum Kit and Orchestral Percussion. 

See full performance credits below

To check out James' Demo Video, visit https://vimeo.com/317255083  and contact James for the password



Snow White & The Seven Dwarves Pantomime | [Drum Kit]

(Shone Productions)

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool | Musical Director: Jono Chalker


Manchester International Festival | [Drum Kit]

Albert Square, Manchester | Band Name: Motown Gold


The Wizard Of Oz Easter Pantomime Tour | [Drum Kit]

(Shone Productions)

Various UK Venues | Musical Director: Tommie James


Peter Pan Pantomime | [Drum Kit]

(Shone Productions)

Echo Arena, Liverpool | Musical Director: Jono Chalker


GODSPELL | [Drum Kit]

Edinburgh Fringe Festival | Musical Director: Matthew Quinn


Bristol Symphony Orchestra | [Orchestral Percussion]

Clifton Cathedral | Conducted by William Goodchild


Anything Could Happen | [Drum Kit]

Guthlaxton College | Musical Director  Matthew Jones


Poulton-le-Fylde Brass Band | [Timpani/Orchestral Percussion]

Conducted by Dave Collins


House Band | [Drum Kit]

Ratcliffe College Picnic Concert


Solo Marimba  |[Marimba]

Concert at the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Syston




The following is a list of the ensembles and orchestras James has participated in over the past few years:

Motown Gold


Bristol Symphony Orchestra


University of Manchester  Ensembles

UoM Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Salsa Band, Broadway Musician Group

and independent student ensembles


Steel Pan Ensemble 



Percussion Ensemble



Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO)