Retired Instrumental Music Teacher
Jim Adkins enjoyed thirty-three years of service in the Public Schools of Ohio. A graduate of Kent State University, Jim’s career began in the early ‘70s as Director of the University Marching Band and Instructor of Percussion. From 1976 through 2003 he developed outstanding Instrumental programs as Director of Bands at Timken High School, Norton High School, and GlenOak High School all three in the greater Akron-Canton area of Northeast Ohio.
In 2003 Jim was appointed Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Plain Local School System.
He served four additional years in this Administrative position. Jim earned the respect of his colleagues developing and supervising Arts curriculum K-12 in Dance, Drama, Visual Art, and Music.
Early in Jim’s career he performed as a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and with many of the top bands in the Akron area. He was the co-owner of “Bulbous Nose Productions” a music and design company that created marching band shows for clients in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Florida.
Jim served for six years as one of the Musical Directors of “Showbands of America” a company that selected outstanding high school musicians from across the county bringing them together to tour Europe. He also has been selected many times to guest conduct at Festivals and All County band performances. The summers find Jim teaching and conducting a series of Summer Music Camps for Middle School students. These camps have provided many opportunities for young musicians to engage and embrace band music in preparation for High School and College performances.
New Horizons Band
Jim has always been part of innovation and is excited about implementing new ideas. The
New Horizons Band movement is just such an activity. This opportunity for adults was the brain child of Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music. Upon retirement Roy started a Band for adult instrumental beginners. Folks that had never played an instrument before or hadn’t played for years began forming bands all across the county. The New Horizons Band of Summit and Stark Counties began in 2003 and under Jim’s leadership has grown to over 135 members ages 25 to 85. These adults enjoy performing in a Concert Band, Jazz Band and String Ensemble.