W. Doyle is currently an assistant professor of music at Adams State
University where he teaches courses in percussion, music business,
improvisation, and directs the jazz ensembles, steel bands, Grizzly Drum
Line, and percussion ensemble. James earned degrees from the
University of Central Missouri and Louisiana State University, and went
on to serve as principal percussionist with the United States Air Force
Band of the Golden West.
Prior to his appointment with the band, James was a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the Gulf Coast. In addition to numerous pop, salsa, and jazz ensembles, he’s performed with the Reno Philharmonic, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Napa Valley Symphony, California Wind Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, and the Shreveport Symphony.
He currently performs regularly with the San Juan Symphony, The Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, The Animas Music Festival, the Doyle/Kane Duo for flute and percussion, the Celtic group, Tripping Upstairs, several regional pop/jazz/folk artists and is an active recording artist in studios in Colorado and New Mexico. He has performed throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and his performances have appeared on PBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS as well as numerous NPR broadcasts.
As a clinician and adjudicator, he has appeared at events and universities in Missouri, Louisiana, California, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. He’s taught at LSU, Western State, Trinidad State, and in public schools in Missouri, Louisiana, and California.
James is a Vic Firth endorser, a Black Swamp Percussion Educator, Vice-President of the Colorado Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and a member of the Percussive Arts Society Drum Set Committee.