To his last days, Jim treasured the memories of his career in Texas high school music programs: Marshall HS (1962-68); Allen Academy, Bryan (1969-73); and Consolidated HS, College Station (1973-83). He felt honored to work with young singers whose talents and achievements were recognized at the district, region, and state levels (once in an international competition), and showcased in productions of stage musicals. Known for his wise counsel and for expecting and attaining the highest standards of musical excellence, he nurtured a lifelong love of music in hundreds of students. Often remembered as a gifted choral director, he was a teacher and mentor of how to live life fully, honestly, and lovingly. In Marshall, he was known for his personal leadership in promoting civil rights during a tragic period of overt racism. He served as Minister of Music for Methodist and Presbyterian churches for much of his life. He co-founded and conducted several community choruses and performing groups including Community Singers (now Brazos Valley Chorale) in Bryan/College Station; Tudor Rose Vocal Ensemble in Roswell, NM; and Perecomus Recorder Ensemble in Auckland, New Zealand. Late in life, he was active as a public performer of the descant recorder at neighborhood markets in Auckland, in downtown Oklahoma City, and during worship services. “Let's all join in harmony...”
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