A native of Colorado, Dr. James Bunte has earned degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM, BME), and CCM (MM, DMA). As a concert saxophonist, James Bunte is an active recitalist, giving recitals and master classes throughout the United States and most recently France and Japan. Having presented his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, he has performed at NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) regional, national, and world saxophone conferences recently in Scotland, Thailand, and Taiwan.
Dr. Bunte is the regular saxophonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has recorded eight compact discs with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops. Bunte has performed with the Lyrique en Mer Orchestra (France), Louisville Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Richmond Symphony (IN), Kentucky Symphony, Springfield Symphony (OH) and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Recent CD releases include the premier CD from Oasis Quartet on the Innova label.
Bunte is also an experienced jazz musician, having toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He has also performed with Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Dick Hyman, Byron Stripling, John Pizzarelli, Stefan Carlsson, Cook, Dixon and Young, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Bunte has been on the faculty at the University of Oregon, Miami University (OH), and Northern Kentucky University, but he also has public school experience at a Kentucky high school. James Bunte is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist.