The Gang

David James has been a prominent oboist in the Washington, D.C. metro area for more than 30 years.  After graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, David was appointed to The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. by renowned conductor Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel. In 1991, David won the position of oboe/solo english horn with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and is one of the longest tenured members of this ensemble. Having achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, David retired from The United States Air Force Band in 2003. He continues to be an active free-lance oboist in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, and maintains a private oboe studio.

David holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Shenandoah Conservatory, and a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from The Catholic University of America. David lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Pam, and daughter Emily.


427511_10151382824181438_403739841_nBrian James is 2nd Oboe and Solo English Horn with Symphony Nova Scotia, a position he has held since 2005. Before his appointment in Halifax, Brian performed regularly as Principal Oboe with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Toronto, Buffalo, Virginia and Canadian Opera Company Orchestras. Brian has recorded extensively with Baroque music specialist Kevin Mallon and the Juno Award nominated ensemble, the Toronto Chamber Orchestra as well as the Ontario based woodwind octet, ‘The Festival Winds‘ for Naxos and CBC, respectively. Brian has appeared many times as a concerto soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia and in 2013 he premiered J.S. Bach’s Oboe d’amore Concerto in A Major with SNS.

Brian has held teaching positions at Wilfrid Laurier University and Acadia University. He has been an active member on the Board of Directors of Symphony Nova Scotia and Chair of the orchestra’s Players’ Association.

Brian is originally from Washington, D.C. and comes from a large family of professional musicians. He holds degrees from the Florida State University School of Music and the Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brian is an avid kayaker and motorcyclist and lives near Peggy’s Cove with his wife, Michelle (a public school music teacher and violinist) and their two daughters, Mallory and Elora (musicians and kayakers in the making).