James Miculka

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James Miculka serves as the Director of Fine Arts for Northside Independent School District, currently the 4th largest school district in Texas.  Mr. Miculka is in his 43rd year of fine arts education and administration, with his entire career connected solely to Northside ISD.  His current responsibilities include the visual and performing arts education for 87,000 students currently enrolled in Northside fine art courses.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from St. Mary’s University, a Master of Arts from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Master of Arts in Administration from The University of Texas .  In addition, James Miculka completed three Texas Certifications in Principalship, Supervision, and Superintendent and is an active member with Texas Music Educators’ Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.  James Miculka is a member of Phi Beta Mu (Alpha Chapter) International Honorary Band Fraternity and Phi Delta Kappa International Education Fraternity. 

Prior to his appointment as Director of Fine Arts, he served as the Director of Bands at John Marshall High School, where The Ram Band was a “top 5 finalist” 3 times at the Texas State Marching Contest, Texas Honor Band finalist 3 times, Grand Champion of 3 different Marching Bands of America Contests, recipient of 3 National Band Citations of Excellence Awards, and the first San Antonio band to perform in The Tournament of Roses Parade. Command performances included a Goodwill Tour Ambassador to China, Grand Opening for SeaWorld of Texas, The United States Olympic Team, and “The United States Marine Band.”

James Miculka is a founding cadre member for both the Texas Center for Education Development in Fine Arts and the Texas Music Administrators Conference.  He has served on Texas and national committees regarding the development of Standards for Performance Excellence in Music.  James served on state committees in development of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for music as well as the University Interscholastic League committees for evaluation of music performance.  He is a highly requested state and national adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. He has served on University Interscholastic League committees in development of performance guidelines and performance literature and on the Texas Music Textbook Adoption Committee.  James Miculka has served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio College, and Texas State University. 

James is married to his wife Cher for 42 years.  Cher is a successful state real estate broker/owner and they have two children, a son Eric and a daughter Elise. 

ns 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.

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