James Sparling to serve as Battery Coordinator for the 2019 Season


James Sparling

"We are very excited

for Cap City Percussion to experience the knowledge and energy that James brings to the table. Teaching with James is always a privilege. Not only does his animated spirit make the educational process enjoyable for the membership; his passion for teaching sharpens the surrounding staff and encourages them to consistently give their best effort. I'm constantly learning when I teach with James, and am grateful that Cap City has the opportunity to grow through his addition.”

- Dean Hickman, Battery Caption Head & Arranger


James Sparling received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University. He was heavily involved in the world music ensemble, Global Rhythms, where he served as Percussion Coordinator and Arranger (2004-2006). This ensemble led him to perform across the globe and work with Grammy winners Glen Velez and Jamal Mohammed, Ghatam Khartick's heARTbeat, Musafir, Jeff Queen, Michael Burritt, Anthony Cirone, Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, Nelly Furtado, and Lenny Kravitz. He continues to perform with this group annually.

James has taught privately for several years, served as a Percussion Mentor at Tower Heights Middle School (2007), Director of Percussion at Bellbrook HS/MS (2007-2008), Assistant Band Director at Baker MS/Fairborn HS (2010-2011), Director of Percussion at Kettering Fairmont HS (2009-2013), Director of Percussion at Seminole HS (2013), and currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (2014-Present). His Concert Percussion Ensembles, Concert Soloists, and Concert Bands have annually earned highly regarded evaluations at the District and State Level.

Sparling works with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps bass line during their 2018 spring training. Photo by James Procell.

He marched tenors with Trinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2000), Music City Mystique (2001, WGI World Champions), Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2001), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), and Rhythm X (2003-2004). In 2002, James was a part of the Colin McNutt marching clinic and the MU Balinese Gamelan clinic at PASIC (2003).

He served on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2003), the Madison Scouts (2004-2006), the Carolina Crown (2007-2008), the Cadets (2009-2011), and RhythmX (2005-2013). He served as the visual designer for Madison Independent (2011), Eastside Fury (2011-2013), and as the Caption Head/Arranger for Infinity Percussion (2014-2018) and Redline Percussion (2015-2018). James currently works with Spirit of America (2006-present), was the Caption Head and Arranger of the Madison Scouts (2012-2014) and in 2015 was appointed as the Percussion Director.

To contact James regarding information about upcoming auditions or Cap City Percussion in general, please feel free to send an email to James@capcitypercussion.com

James is proudly endorsed by:

  • Pearl Drums/Adams
  • REMO Drumheads
  • TreeWorks Chimes
  • Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets
  • Zildjian Cymbals