Selected Alumni Bios

James A. Reilly

James A. Reilly received a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance. James has played principal cornet and sectional trumpet with the NYU Concert Band, as well as sectional trumpet in the NYU Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, Brass Choir, and brass quintets. He studied with Laurie Frink and with Ladislav Kozderka, principal trumpet of the Czech Philharmonic, during his semester in Prague with NYU Study Abroad.

James has experience in bass guitar and keyboard instruments. He plays in many funk and rock bands in New York on trumpet, bass, and keyboards. This includes Souled Out, a rock & soul cover band in which James plays trumpet, and Clockwork, a progressive/alternative rock power trio in which James plays bass and rhythm guitars, keyboards, and trumpet, sings backup vocals and assists with songwriting.

James works as a teacher in local music programs in his hometown of Staten Island, including the Monsignor Farrell High School band program where he teaches marching and playing techniques to the band, and gives further private instruction to trumpet students. In 2011, the Farrell Marching Band won the USSBA Group I Open National Championship.