James Strain

Percussion and Music History Professor

Dr. James Strain teaches applied lessons in percussion, including keyboard percussion as well as commercial drumset styles, music theory, sight singing and ear training, and conducts the Northern Michigan University percussion ensemble. His duties include assisting with the Pride of the North NMU Marching Band and the NMU Pep Band. He has a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. 

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Author of A Dictionary for the Modern Percussionist and Drummer
  • Presenter at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention
  • Presenter at the International Trombone Association Conference
  • Presenter at the Music Teachers National Association Convention
  • Semi-finalist as a Solo Marimbist in the Concerts Atlantique Touring Artist competition, 1987
  • Founding member of the Mid-South DRUM Ensemble
  • Co-Historian for the Percussive Arts Society
  • Served as a percussionist for the Columbus (IN) Symphony, Topeka Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, the Memphis Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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