has been playing banjo for more than 35 years. Having been heavily influenced as a young lad by Earl Scruggs and Tony Trischka, and a close collaboration with Mike Allen, flavored with a lot of Alan Munde, Jim eventually developed a deep affection for Bluegrass, Old Time, Jazz, and all things Banjo. In addition to playing, Jim developed a love of teaching. A long time elementary school teacher, he has taught banjo lessons for more than 25 years, using his teaching abilities to clarify material and inspire his banjo students. Winner of the Kansas State Banjo Contest in 2007, Jim has played in many bands over the years, the longest tenure being with the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band.