"I am impressed with Mike Balter's ability to stay on-top of the percussionist's needs. As a long time endorsee, it is very gratifying to see a company that has always had the concerns of the performer and teacher in mind."
Jim is a retired professor of percussion, band director and performer. He has been a Mike Balter Mallet Company endorsee since the company was founded. He is currently the coordinator of a Percussion Fest to be hosted at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin featuring percussion clinics, workshops and performances for area students and their band directors.
Jim is an advisor to the Wisconsin State Chapter of PAS board of directors, maintains a teaching percussion studio and enjoys giving clinics and lectures. He has served the manufacturing and publishing industries of percussion music as a project manager and educational director.
Jim is a charter member of the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), a founding member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), as well as the author of the society’s name. He is also the founding member of Percussion Workshop of America, the American Orff Schulwerk Association, the Project Create Percussion Ensemble (PCPE), and the Spring City Area Percussion Ensemble (SCAPE).
Jim conceptualized the development of a student drum-pad and bell kit for early instructional use. He has authored special studies for a band method book and solos for concert snare drum, as well as collaborated with fellow band director JD Morsch to score for large percussion ensembles.