Jim's School Band Studio


  • BA Music Education, MA (in progress)
  • 25+ years teaching
  • Career Band Director
  • Superior ratings in Marching, Concert and Jazz band contests.
  • 77 South & Interstate Horns Band



  • Trumpet (main)
  • All Brasswinds
  • All Woodwinds
  • Percussion Drumline
  • Marching Band


  • Big Band
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Bebop
  • Symphonic Orchestra
  • Drum & Bugle Corps

Contact me: jim@wadsworthmusic.com

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More About Me

James R. Fry was previously employed in the Houston ISD School District. Mr. Fry was Director of bands at Johnston Middle School middle school for the visual & performing arts just prior to relocating in Ohio. He has also taught at Tivy High School in Kerrville, TX, Permian High School in Odessa, TX, Versailles High School in Versailles, OH and Fort Frye High School in Beverly, OH. Mr. Fry has over 25 years of teaching experience. Mr. Fry’s bands and students have consistently received superior ratings at UIL and OMEA district, state contests in marching, concert and jazz band contests.  

Mr. Fry earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of Akron,  School of Music. He studied with Scott Johnson (principal trumpet of Akron-Canton Symphonies), Doug Huey and Paul Ferguson members of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and Dr. Robert Jorgenson Director of Bands University of Akron and post graduate work at the University of North Texas.

Professional Performances 

  • Medina Community Band
  • Livingston concert & swing band (Livingston, TX)
  • Woodlands Wind Ensemble (Woodlands TX)
  • Calfee Jones & Eight Beats (swing band)
  • Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Pee Wee Bowen dance band (Galveston, TX)
  • Duke Ellington Tribute band 
  • Odessa College concert & jazz bands (Odessa, TX)
  • Empire Statesmen and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corp
  • 77 South & Interstate Horns (rock band)
  • Swing Machine (big band)
  • 1993 International Trumpet Guild Conference
  • OMEA State conventions 1992-1996 
  • TMEA Conference 2005 guest solo with Nimitz Junior High Band (Odessa, TX)
  • First Baptist Church Orchestra (Odessa, TX) 
  • Lonny Clark big band (Odessa TX)


  • Member of TMEA, IAJE and was a founding member of the University of Akron Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Performance at Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2006 Permian High School Band
  • Directors award IAJE Tri-C Jazz Festival, Cleveland, OH 
  • Mideast Performance Association 2003 Circuit Championships bronze medalist 
  • 1997-2004 OMEA State Marching Band Finalist
  • Published in the OMEA Triad in 2001.