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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 has been the regular drummer at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena for Shone Productions pantomimes since 2018, where he has performed alongside Jake Quickenden (from Dancing On Ice, The X Factor, and I'm A Celebrity...), Mark 'The Beast' Labbett (ITV's 'The Chase'), Barney Harwood (Blue Peter Presenter), Shapphire Elia (Emmerdale and Britannia High), and JJ Hamblett (Union J and the X Factor). James has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 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. 


See full performance credits below




Love Out Loud Concert | [Drum Kit]

(Tim Jasper Productions)

Home Studio | Track Title: 'Helpless'


Jack and the Beanstalk | [Drum Kit]

(Shone Productions)

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool | Musical Director: Tim Jasper


Album Recording Sessions | [Drum Kit]

(Undercurrent Music Productions)

Home Studio | Various album tracks


MIDI Drum Programming | [Drum Kit]

(Undercurrent Music Productions)

Home Studio | Various album tracks


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)