Jim Beyer is the newest member of the ensemble, having previously subbed for other members throughout the years. He enjoys performing, writing, and arranging for the Brass Society. He also is a member of the Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Civil War band, and a performer/arranger with the Bethel Baptist Church music ministry. His wife, Janice, is also a former music teacher and currently a sign language interpreter. They reside in Turnersville, NJ.
Jim began playing his older brother’s trumpet in third grade. A graduate of Washington Township High School (NJ), he received his B.S. degree in Music Education from West Chester University, as well as supervision certifications and M.A. degrees in Music Education and in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.
Prior to retirement, Jim was a fixture in the Washington Township School District (NJ), having been the high school band director for 30 years, including 18 years as the director or the Minutemen Marching Band, and then a middle school vice principal for 5 years. He is a recipient of a Teacher of the Year Award and the NJMEA Distinguished Educator Award. His concert ensembles have performed at numerous Regional and State Band Festivals and Galas, and have appeared with composer Alfred Reed at the NJ Educators Association State Convention.
Jim's marching bands have performed for the Philadelphia Phillies, 76ers, Eagles, and for the annual college football Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J. In all, he has organized and supervised over 20 extended overnight trips while marching band director, including an appearance at the Tournament of Roses Parade in California.
Outside of his school endeavors, Jim was a director and conductor of 8 tours of Europe with the American Music Abroad Honors Bands and Choirs. He was a Creative Assistant for Production with NFL Films, and has guest conducted ensembles from Rowan University, The College of New Jersey, University of Delaware, West Chester University, All South Jersey Honors Band, and Olympic Conference Honors Band.
In their free time, Jim and his wife enjoy attending former students’ concerts and performances. Several of them are present-day music teachers.