James Sparling received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University. He has been heavily involved in the world music ensemble, Global Rhythms, where he served as Percussion Coordinator and Arranger (2004-2006). This ensemble has led him to perform across the globe and work with Grammy winners Glen Velez and Jamal Mohammed, Ghatam Khartick's heARTbeat, Musafir, Jeff Queen, Michael Burritt, Anthony Cirone, Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, Nelly Furtado, and Lenny Kravitz. He continues to perform with this group annually.
James has taught privately for several years, served as a Percussion Mentor at Tower Heights Middle School (2007), Director of Percussion at Bellbrook HS/MS (2007-2008), Assistant Band Director at Baker MS/Fairborn HS (2010-2011), Director of Percussion at Kettering Fairmont HS (2009-2013), Director of Percussion at Seminole HS (2013), and most recently as Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (2014-present). His Concert Percussion Ensembles, Concert Soloists, and Concert Bands have annually earned highly regarded evaluations at the District and State Level.
His involvement with other notable groups includes: Bob Jones HS (AL), Carroll HS, Centerville HS, Harrison HS (GA), Kettering Fairmont HS, Kings HS, LaSalle HS, Lehi HS (UT), Miamisburg HS, Milford HS, North Harrison HS (IN), Northmont HS, Penn-Trafford HS (PA), Springboro HS, The Stampede Band (AB, Canada), Sycamore HS, Turpin HS, and The University of Cincinnati alongside Nick Angelis.
He marched tenors with Trinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2000), Music City Mystique (2001, WGI World Champions), Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2001), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), and Rhythm X (2003-2004). In 2002, James was a part of the Colin McNutt marching clinic and the MU Balinese Gamelan clinic at PASIC (2003).
He served on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2003), the Madison Scouts (2004-2006), the Carolina Crown (2007-2008), the Cadets (2009-2011), and RhythmX (2005-2013). He has served as the visual designer for Madison Independent (2011), Eastside Fury (2011-2013), and currently works with Spirit of America (2006-present). He has most recently been serving as the Caption Head and Arranger of the Madison Scouts (2012-2014), Infinity Percussion (2013-present), and Redline Percussion (2014-present). In 2015, he was also appointed as the Percussion Director for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.