Over the course of two decades, James Rocillo has cultivated a diverse curriculum vitae in music as a performer, educator, and competition adjudicator. His formal music education spans the campuses of Long Beach City College, Citrus College, and California State University Northridge. Throughout the years, he has had the great privilege of receiving instruction from renowned trumpet artists Bobby Shew, Tony Lujan, Ron Stout, Sal Cracchiolo, Rob Roy McGregor, Bob Slack, Charley Davis, Dr. David Betancourt, Clay Jenkins, Kye Palmer and Wayne Bergeron. Consequently, James himself has become an internationally accomplished musician and can easily shift between the genres of classical and jazz. He has been featured in Del-Fi Records' Brown Bag and the Blue Note Swing Orchestra in addition to leading his very own James Rocillo Jazz Quartet. His performances have taken him around the Pacific and back again, traveling through the United States, Hawaii, Canada, and Japan.
James' experience as an educator is threefold, instructing at the high school, college, and drum corps capacities. From 2000-2010, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at the BOA Grand National Finalist, Ayala High School in Chino Hills, CA. Concurrently, he began his tenure at Nogales High School in La Puente, CA, where he worked with the marching band, concert band, and jazz ensemble. In 2007, James joined the staff at Riverside Community College to lead the wind program for the world famous Marching Tigers and serves as Director of the Lab Jazz Ensemble and Community Concert Band. In 2010, James became the Director of Bands at Colony High School in Ontario, California. Here James directs the Titan Regiment Marching band, wind ensembles and jazz ensembles. Moreover, the sum of such a career has lent itself well to the role of adjudicator and clinician, which he has also fulfilled during several marching band competitions and jazz festivals in California, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Washington, Malaysia, Mexico and Guatemala. James is an adjudicator for the Western Band Association (WBA) and a member of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA).
Over the years, James has had the pleasure of working with several open and world class groups including, Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, Concord Blue Devils B Corps, and the six-time DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard. He has also held the position of Brass Caption Head at Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps. The year 2008 marked the beginning of a new and exciting chapter as James' first year on staff at the seventeen-time DCI World Champion, Concord Blue Devils. James is proud to be a part of five DCI Championships with the Blue Devils (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015) and three Jim Ott awards for Best Brass performance (2008, 2010, 2014)
James earned his Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing from the University of Phoenix in February of 2008. Most recently he received his Masters degree in education, specializing in cross-cultural teaching from National University in May of 2013. James resides in Eastvale, CA.