James Sherry Honors, Reviews, Citations
James Sherry has been has been featured on concerts throughout the US, including performances at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, McDaniel College, Washington College, Maryland Institute for the Creative Arts (MICA), Baltimore Composer’s Forum, Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust Concert Series, the Foxboro Orpheum Theater in Boston, in most of the continental United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and residencies in Fort McMurray, Alberta and Ontario, Canada.
He was the First Prize winner at the Baltimore Chamber Music Competition, Baltimore, Maryland, in 2000, with the Lyric Brass, as well as the First Prize winner in the “Catch A Rising Stars” Competition in Fairfax, Virginia in 2001. He has appeared with the Monumental Brass Quintet on both radio and television. Other special appearances include the Kennedy Center’s annual Salute to The Presidential Scholars in the Arts; the 100th Birthday celebration of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Top Brass Program.
Dr. Sherry’s scholarly research from his dissertation, entitled The New York Brass Quintet (1954-1985): Pioneers of Brass Chamber Music (http://www.worldcat.org/title/new-york-brass-quintet-1954-1985-pioneers-of-brass-chamber-music/oclc/50488825), is cited in Fanfares and Flourishes: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press) and A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Scarecrow Press), both by Elisa Koehler, as well as Robert Nagel’s Compositions for Brass, edited by Alfred Dorffel and Wolfgang Graeser (Dover).
James received a commendation for community service from Bronx Borough President Ferando Ferrer, and honorary citations from the police chiefs of Baltimore and Washington, DC, Sherry began his career as a community organizer with at-risk youth in New York City. He worked for a decade, as a performing artist and music educator in the Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Chicago Public Schools, where bands under his leadership were recognized for excellent performance. He has performed as principal trumpet with the Bay Atlantic Bridgeport Symphony (New Jersey), Columbia Pro Cantare (Maryland), Thailand Philharmonic, and the Dubuque Symphony (Iowa). He lives near Los Angeles, in Orange County, California.