James Canty


Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

Instrument: Trumpet

What inspired you to join the FSO?
I was referred to FSO by current and former members, and I believed so much in its history and mission that I decided to audition. I am so glad I did!

How many years have you been performing with the FSO?
2 years as principal trumpet.


Your favorite FSO concert: All are wonderful, but "George Gershwin to John Williams" is exceptional!

Who is/are your favorite composer(s)?
Mahler, Respighi, Williams, Tchaikovsky

How many instruments do you play?
I can play all brass instruments.

What do you do when you're not rehearsing or performing?
I love being with my family and working out in my down time!

Advice to aspiring musicians?
No matter what, NEVER let anyone tell that you can't achieve something you dream of doing!

Fun fact: My Bachelor's degree was in Tuba Performance before hearing Maynard Ferguson live, which made me switch to trumpet!

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