James A. Garcia
Biography and Resume

Email me at:  jimgarcia@jagwebpages.com
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Career Goal

While on active duty in the United States Coast Guard, I became involved and performed with various community bands and ensembles.  As a result of this rewarding experience, I decided to pursue a career in music education.  My goal as a music teacher is to bring this enthusiasm into the classroom so students can also enjoy music.  In addition to my student teaching experience, I have taught students in a community band camp and students in my private studio.  I look forward to the opportunity to teach music to students in a public school environment.

Academic Degrees

2004:    Bachelor of Music in Music Education, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.  
             Flute performance major.  GPA = 3.31

2000:    Associate of Arts in Music, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania
             Flute performance major.  GPA = 3.909

Teaching Related Experience

2004     Marching band woodwind technician at Central Bucks High School, Central Bucks School District,
             Doylestown, PA.

2004     Student teaching, at Arrowhead Elementary School, Methacton School District, Collegeville, PA.
             Student teaching at Twin Valley High School, Twin Valley School District, Elverson, PA.

2002 – 2003:  Field Observation, Secondary Level, Arcola Intermediate School, Methacton School District,
             Filed Observation, Elementary Level, Pocopson Elementary School, Chadds-Ford School District,                  

1997:    Music staff position during BandCamp ’97, sponsored by St. Paul’s Moravian Church and the
             Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Directed a
             woodwind ensemble with students (grades 8-12).  Directed flute sectionals with students (grades 6-8).

1996 – 1997:  Taught flute, clarinet, and saxophone in my own private studio

Musical Experience

1986 – Present:  My primary instruments are flute and clarinet.  I am also proficient in the following instruments:
            bass clarinet, contra alto bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone.

1998 – Present:  Composed and arranged instrumental parts for woodwind trio, clarinet quartet,
            woodwind quintet, saxophone trio and saxophone quartet.

1995 – 1998:  Formed and directed the Peace Chamber Ensemble, comprised of woodwind instruments
             and piano.  Recruited student and adult musicians, purchased music, scheduled performances
             and rehearsals, printed concert programs, and other logistical tasks.

1989 – 1991:  Organized and formed a Jazz/Stage Band while I was on active duty in the United States
            Coast Guard.  Recruited musicians and worked as the business manager for the band.  Obtained
            band equipment, music, scheduled performance and rehearsals, and other logistical tasks.

1988 – 1991:  Treasurer of the Southern Maryland Concert Band.  Maintained the band’s financial
            records and prepared grant applications to county and state art organizations.

Job Experience

Computer Technology Experience

2003 – Present.  I currently am the webmaster for the following websites; Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvey
            Annie Wolfe Genealogy, and the Garcia-Reyes Genealogy.  In addition, I maintain my own two
            personal websites; http://jagmusicman.tripod.com and http://www.jagwebpages.com.


1998 – Present.  I have composed musical works and instrumental arrangements using computers,
            midi equipment, sound module/synthesizers, music notation software, and music sequencing software.

1973 – 1998:  I served twenty-five years in the United States Coast Guard and achieved the rank of
            Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9).  During my career, I served as an electronics shop supervisor aboard
            two Coast Guard Cutters, worked as an electronics project officer, and managed electronics funds
            exceeding 11 million dollars.  I received several awards for outstanding performance of my duties.  The
            highest award I received was the Coast Guard Commendation Medal.

Performance Experience

2004 – present:  I have formed and currently direct a chamber ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, violin,
            cello, and piano.

2001 – Present:  The Pennridge ClariNetwork Quartet.  Play bass clarinet and clarinet.
            Perform Chamber Music with the Chamber Music for All Occasions Flute Ensemble.

2000 – Present:  West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Performed with the following ensembles:  
            played clarinet in Concert Band and Symphonic Band.  Played flute in the university Flute
            Ensemble, and Flute Quartet.  Played alto saxophone in marching band.

1998 – Present:  The Quakertown Community Band.  Play flute and clarinet.

1999 – 2000:  Bucks County Community College   Performed with the following ensembles:  
            Concert Band, played clarinet and flute; Jazz/Stage band, played alto saxophone.

1997 – 1997:  Charles County Community College, La Plata, Maryland.  Concert Band, Played Flute.  
            College Musical “South Pacific,” pit orchestra, played clarinet.

1994 – 1995:  The Jim Fox Orchestra, Alexandria, Virginia.  Played alto sax and clarinet.


1999    Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Bucks County Community College,
            Newtown, Pennsylvania.

1999    Eugene and Saxon Bargeron Legacy Scholarship, Bucks County Community College,
            Newtown, Pennsylvania.

1997    United States Coast Guard Commendation Medal for Outstanding Service.


2004 – present:  Pennsylvania State Educator’s Association-National Educators Association (PSEA-NEA)
2003 – present:  Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association

2000 – present:  The National Association for Music Education
2000 – present:  Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
1999 – present:  International Clarinet Association
1998 – 1999:  National Flute Association


Flute Talk Magazine
Music Educators Journal
National Educators Association  (NEA Today)
Pennsylvania Music Educators Journal
Teaching Music
The Clarinet
Tomorrow’s Teachers


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