Drums / Vocals / Co-Leader
Jim Felker has made a name for himself in the Boston area music scene over the last 20 years by being a singing drummer with solid time, big ears, a deep pocket in diverse styles, and making strong connections with all musicians he shares the stage with. Jim started playing the drums at the age of 10 in the band program of the Haverhill, Massachusetts public schools and immediately began performing in diverse situations, from a local social club drum and bugle corps to youth percussion ensembles. From an early age, Jim realized he had a deep passion for playing drums and teaching. This led him to study music education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. At UML, Jim earned a bachelors degree in music education while performing in the concert band, wind ensemble, big band, several small jazz ensembles, and spent three years as the University Marching Band’s Drum Major. Outside of school studies, he played in original rock bands, cover bands, and many eclectic percussion gigs. After graduating, Jim began a career in music education that is over 20 years and counting while also performing in several successful wedding and function bands. After receiving a masters degree in music education in 2000, again at UML, Jim took a position in the Bedford, Massachusetts public schools, where he is currently employed as a band director, choral director, and instructor of world drumming and music technology. He is excited to bring lots of energy and big groove to your event with KB3!