James Self

James Self's Biography

Jim Self is a Los Angeles free-lance musician, a veteran of over 1000 motion picture scores, hundreds of television shows and records, and is tuba soloist on many prominent movies. His tuba was the "Voice of the Mothership" in John Williams score to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He is Principal Tuba/Cimbasso with the Pasadena and Pacific Symphonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific orchestras.

Jim holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Catholic University and a DMA from the University of Southern California – where he teaches tuba and chamber music. Jim is a past president of T.U.B.A., a former member of The U.S. Army Band, Washington D.C., and was on the faculty at the University of Tennessee/Knoxville. His compositions and arrangements include works for solo tuba, brass quintet, brass band and other brass, woodwind and string chamber music. Jim has produced seven solo jazz and classical recordings. Just released is a CD entitled "My America" with arrangements of American songs by Kim Scharnberg. Jim is assisted by a great band of L.A. studio musicians and plays his new horn – the FLUBA.

All of Jim Self's recordings and compositions are available from www.bassethoundmusic.com. Jim Self is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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