2017 ALL-STATE CHOIR ACCOMPANIST
James Newsome is a junior at Capital High School in Charleston, WV. During the 2016-17 school year, James has served as a field commander for the Capital High School marching band, piano accompanist for Capital's Vocal Ensemble, and keyboardist for Capital's show choir, VIP's. In previous years, James has performed in West Virginia's All-State Band and WVU Honor Band playing bass clarinet. He has also participated in numerous performances with the Kanawha County All-County Band playing saxophone. As a musician, James' primary instruments are piano and saxophone, but he also has a strong interest in composition. For the Capital's Symphonic Band concert in 2016, James composed and conducted a piece titled "This Journey". James plans to pursue degrees in Music Performance and Education upon graduating from high school.