James Kuzmic hails from Allenton Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon. He currently holds the position as Principal Tuba of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. As an active musician, James performs all around the state of Oregon including the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera, Orchestra Next, and the Sunriver Music Festival. As a soloist, James has performed many recitals on the tuba, bass trombone, euphonium, and contrabass trombone, and been the soloist with the UWSP Low Brass Choir and the Hartford City Band. Another passion of James’ is composition, where he has premiered several works with various university and community ensembles. James also loves sharing his love for music with students, being asked to coach various highschool and middle school summer camps, giving masterclasses and teaching private lessons. He also teaches beginning band for MUSE at private schools in Eugene.