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James Burnes
Retail Manager
Location: Waterford, CT
Speaks: English
Expertise: Concert Percussion, Drums & Percussion, Percussion

Get to know James

Hi, my name is James and I’ve been with Music and Arts since June 2018.  I have been playing and studying music for nearly 20 years.  I’m a percussionist and an avid music theory enthusiast.  I have played all manner of percussion instruments in many different settings from classical snare drum etudes and jazz/swing/big band drum set to marching band and drum corps drumlines and front ensembles to orchestral timpani and popular Japanese marimba solos.  While I consider myself an all-rounder in the percussion world, my main love is the marimba and keyboard percussion in general; my senior thesis was on the Japanese solo stylings and influences on the marimba as a solo instrument if that is any indication on my love for the instrument.

I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance with a focus in Percussion Performance in May 2018 after studying music in multiple universities for 7 years.  I’m always interested in learning new things about percussion and music related things and have sought training in various music topics such as music education, theory, performance, therapy, and a host of others.  I play on a Marimba One 5-octave rosewood marimba and Pacific Drums Percussion (PDP) drum set.  I’ve played on and with tons of brands and some things you can’t go wrong with are Vic Firth sticks/mallets, Remo or Evans heads, or Pearl hardware.  Come on in and see me with any and all percussion questions and I’ll be more than happy to help you out!

James works at:
907 Hartford Tpke Suite E11
Waterford, CT 06385
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