James Sparling received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University. He has been heavily involved in the world music ensemble, Global Rhythms, where he served as Percussion Coordinator and Arranger (2004- 2006) and continues to perform with the ensemble annually.

James has taught percussion in various programs, serving as a Percussion Mentor at Tower Heights Middle School (‘07), Director of Percussion at Bellbrook HS/MS (‘07- ‘08), Assistant Band Director at Baker MS/Fairborn HS (‘10-‘11), Director of Percussion at Kettering Fairmont HS (‘09-‘13), Director of Percussion at Seminole HS (‘13), and is currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (‘14-Present). He served on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (‘03), the Madison Scouts (‘04-‘06), Carolina Crown (‘07-‘08), the Cadets (‘09-‘11), and Rhythm X (‘05-‘13). He has served as the visual designer for Madison Independent (‘11), Eastside Fury (‘11-‘13), and currently works with Spirit Winter Percussion (‘06-present). He has most been serving as the Caption Head and Arranger of the Madison Scouts (‘12-‘14), Infinity Percussion (‘13-present), and Redline Percussion (‘14-present). In 2015, he was also appointed as the Percussion Director for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. James is proudly endorsed by, REMO Drumheads, Pearl Drums/Adams, TreeWorks Chimes, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets, and Zildjian Cymbals.

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