James Box has held the position of Principal Trombone with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2001. He has also held the position of Principal Trombone with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (West Virginia), and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo León (Mexico).
A native of Ripley, Tennessee, Box first studied trombone with his father and maternal grandfather. He holds a B.M. magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University, and a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major teachers include Marta Hofacre, John Kitzman, James DeSano, and Steve Witser. He has held the position of Assistant Professor of Trombone at McGill University since 2003.
James has made solo appearances with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the McGill Wind Symphony, among others. He has also performed chamber music at the Edinburgh Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. In 2001, he presented a solo recital that was broadcast nationally by CBC/Radio-Canada.
James exclusively plays Stanley W. Matras Custom Trombones, and he is currently contributing to the design of a new series of professional model trombones.