Jim has been playing the trombone for nearly 70 years, beginning in the fourth grade and continuing through his high school and college years playing in school and community bands. He graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in geology and zoology, where he played with the University of Kansas Marching Band.
After working as a geologist for five years he returned to school and received an MS in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Southern California as an engineer for a consulting firm. In Southern California he played for a local band in San Marino.
He moved to Reno after five years in Southern and Northern California. He was Chief engineer for a consulting firm in town and in 1990 opened Nichols Consulting Engineers, an engineering research and consulting firm. For the past 10 years he was a faculty member at TMCC teaching engineering.
He has been active in the Reno Arts community for most of the time he’s lived here, having been on a number of boards such as the Reno Jazz Orchestra , The Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. This season marks his return to the Reno Wind Symphony after a hiatus of a number of years.