BIOGRAPHY

James is highly sought after as a percussionist, pianist, music director, composer/orchestrator, and educator. Praised as "highly accessible... with a maturity way beyond his years," (Peter Wockner, Limelight Magazine) he has performed extensively throughout the United States, Australia, Mexico, and New Zealand.

Currently, Dr. Whiting lectures at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Musical Theatre, and Music coursework, as well as serving as the Resident Music Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre since 2018. 

 

James' has performed with such notable artists as: Ben Vereen, Human Nature, Faith Prince, Anthony Warlow, Paige O'Hara, Geoffrey Keezer, Eric Marienthal, Bernie Dresel, Joseph Alessi, and Bruce Broughton. He has also performed in productions of "Wicked," "Miss Saigon," "Legally Blonde," "Fun Home," and many more. 

Among his various achievements, James was awarded Best Jazz Album at the Akademia Music Awards (Los Angeles) in 2015 for his original album “Hard Mince,” and subsequently received radio airplay in over 70 countries. Through this extensive radio airplay, the albums single, “Through the Looking Glass,” reached #1 in the jazz charts for radio networks: Power XR (West Coast USA); Hot XR (Southwest USA); Star 100 (South America); and WNYR (East Coast USA).

Dr. Whiting holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia; a Master of Music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia; a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and aDoctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  

 

James is proudly endorsed by, and endorses, Innovative Percussion; Majestic Percussion Instruments; and Sabian Cymbals. 

As an educator, James is frequently engaged as a clinician across a variety of topics including: Music Direction, Musical Theatre Vocal Coaching, Percussion, Conducting, and Jazz studies. He has presented these topics at New York University, Marymount School of New York, University of Nevada, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australian National Academy of Music, Queensland Academy of Creative Industries. Additionally, James is in high demand as an adjudicator at festivals and eisteddfods including: Australian National Marimba Competition, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival, and the Nevada Day of Percussion.