Mr Michael James

Director of Bands

Ballard High School


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Michael James is in his thirteenth year as Director of Bands at Ballard High School where he serves as Music Department Chair, directs the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, and teaches Percussion and Piano classes.  He also directs the award-winning Jazz Band and Marching Band and for eight years taught Ballard’s award-winning Orchestra.  Under his direction, the Ballard Band program has gained a national reputation for musical excellence and has won numerous awards and recognitions.  Most recently, the Jazz Band has been a finalist at three prestigious national festivals – the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, the Swing Central Jazz Festival in Savannah, Georgia, and the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York City.  In 2011, his pit orchestra for “Cabaret” was recognized as the Most Outstanding Orchestra in the State of Washington at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards.  Aside from his duties at Ballard, he is also the Music Director of the Seattle Symphonic Band, a community band that meets at North Seattle College. Mr. James was named a Symetra “Hero in the Classroom” in 2010 and Ballard High School’s Outstanding Educator in 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Arts in Conducting from Truman State University.

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