James Hicks, born and raised in Lake Butler, FL, is adjunct professor of Tuba at Towson University. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Music from DePaul University. His primary teachers include David Zerkel, Floyd Cooley, and Gene Pokorny.
An active performer, Hicks is currently principal tuba of the United States Navy Band in Washington DC where he is also a member of the United States Navy Band Brass Quintet and the United States Navy Band Tuba Quartet. He has performed with various orchestras to include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist and clinician, Hicks has been featured with the United States Navy Band, and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference. He has given masterclasses and recitals at various colleges and universities across the country. In 2016, Hicks was the Tuba Artist in Residence for the Fredericksburg Brass Institute.
Hicks is also a strong advocate for the tuba, serving on the Board of Directors for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association from 2015-2017. He has presented topics at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, served as a panel judge for the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival, and has written articles for the International Tuba Journal.