James Box currently serves as Principal Trombone with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a position he has held since 2001. Prior to this position, he was Principal Trombone of the Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Trombone of the Wheeling (West Virginia) Symphony Orchestra. He has also held the position of Principal Trombone of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo Leon (Mexico).
James has held the position of Assistant Professor of Trombone at McGill University since 2003. He also serves on the faculty of the National Orchestral Institute (USA), the Orford Arts Centre (Québec). He has also served on the trombone faculty at the University of Akron and the Sewanee Summer Music Centre (USA). In 2006, James served as Guest Lecturer at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
A native of Ripley, Tennessee, James first studied trombone with his father and grandfather. James holds a B.M. magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, and a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major teachers include John Kitzman, James DeSano, and Steve Witser.
James has made solo appearances with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the McGill Wind Symphony, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. In 2003, he premiered a commissioned solo work with the Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble. James has also made regular solo and chamber music performances at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. In 2001, he presented a solo recital that was broadcast nationally on CBC Radio-Canada.