Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 58 - Will James

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist Will James talks about his current job (01:45), performing with the New World Symphony (05:50), the STL Symphony audition process and winning the job (19:35), day-to-day symphony work and being on the other side of the audition process (31:45), money, audience size, and cancellations (37:35), working at Mizzou (45:15), growing up in Raleigh, NC (47:10), his sports background and Duke affiliation (51:40), his undergrad career at Northwestern (58:50), his graduate work at New England Conservatory of Music (01:06:00), and his tolerance for my Random-Ass Questions (01:12:15).

Finishing with a rave on the local Roots, Blues and BBQ Festival (01:19:50).


Will James' homepage

Will James' St. Louis Symphony page

Will James' Signature Snare Drum

STL Symphony cancels concert

Megan Arns

Tim Duncan

Christian Laettner

Bobby Hurley

Michael Burritt

Eric Garcia

Annie Stevens

David Skidmore

Jake Nissly

Cory Hills

Chaconne - Bach

"Azure" - Michael Burritt

Will Hudgins

The Red Sox in 2004

John W. Parks IV

Herbie Hancock and Vinnie Colaiuta


Roots, Blues and BBQ

The Mavericks

Leon Bridges