James Hicks is in demand as both an educator and performer.
Mr. Hicks is adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at Towson University where he teaches private lessons and masterclasses, performs with the faculty brass quintet, and conducts the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. Highly respected by industry professionals, he has presented lectures at International, Regional,and State Conferences. He has also taught clinics at numerous universities, colleges, and grade schools throughout the country.
He 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 lectures at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, adjudicated the Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Festival, and written articles for the International Tuba Journal.
An active performer, Mr. Hicks is currently principal tuba of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and performs with the United States Navy Band Brass Quintet and the United States Navy Band Tuba Quartet. He has also performed with many orchestras to include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has been a featured soloist with the United States Navy Band, at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference.
Mr. Hicks 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.