AF of M local 161-710


BM Theory/Composition, University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities, 1996

MM Trombone Performance, University of North Texas, 2000




Welcome to my website!

'James Kazik has been a staff arranger at one of the premiere Washington DC service bands since 2001.

As an arranger and orchestrator, his arrangements have been performed not only by all of the various elements of "Pershing's Own", but also by various groups to include the National Symphony Orchestra, and recorded by Joseph Alessi and the Juiliard Trombone Choir, as heard on Alessi's recording Return to Sorrento. He is also a staff writer for Hal Leonard Corp in their string department, writing pop arrangements and compositions for easy string ensembles.

As a composer, his works, particularly those for trombone, continue to win acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently composer-in-residence for the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic in Washington D.C.

Mr. Kazik has written several concerti and solo works, as well as various works for orchestra, brass ensemble, and wind ensemble, performed by such groups as The University of North Texas Wind Symphony, and the Wind Ensembles of The University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University. Most recently, his wind band orchestration of his Concerto for Trombone, and new composition Eviler Elves was featured by the OSU Wind Ensemble at the 2009 CBDNA National Conference in Austin, TX.

As a trombonist, Mr. Kazik was a finalist in the 2000 Minnesota Orchestra-Zellmer Competition. He was part of the 1998 Remington Trombone choir winner and was a member of the "Bravura" trombone octet, which won 2 consecutive Downbeat Magazine awards for "Best Classical Chamber Ensemble" in 1999 and 2000.'

A word on my current job:

The term "band" can be a little misleading. It is easy to assume that a military band is basically a big marching band (albeit a very good one) and nothing more. Although it began this way to an extent, it is certainly not the case today. In my opinion, being an arranger for an ensemble such as this is an ideal job for any composer/arranger who likes to be kept on their toes. Many famous composers, arrangers and orchestrators began their careers as an arranger for a service band.

To illustrate my point, here is a list of the ensembles, for example which fall under the umbrella term "Army Band" in DC, each one of which I've been tasked to arrange, orchestrate, or compose for at one time or another:

In addition, I am one of the NCO's in charge of maintaining a current inventory of all national anthems throughout the world. The arranging staff routinely contacts foreign embassies located in the US and/or their corresponding desk at the State Department or at the United Nations in NY. If a new anthem comes into being, a TUSAB arranger will be tasked to write the arrangement for military band. The anthem would then be recorded by the U.S. Navy Band, and can be heard at this site.