James A. Petercsak

Principal Percussion

Percussionist James Petercsak maintains an active career as a performer and as a music industry executive.  He has been a featured soloist at the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Pavia, Italy and has performed in venues across the United States, Europe, and Asia.  James has been in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada both as an orchestral fellow and as part of an internationally selected group of percussionists.  James has also been a member of the New Sousa Band with which he toured China in 2011. 

As a music industry veteran, James has worked for Fender Musical Instruments, Samson Technologies and is currently Executive Director of Sales and Senior Music Producer at KBV Records in New York City.  At KBV, James has worked on the Maytag Sounds of Quality campaign and has been instrumental in placing music with advertising agencies such as Leo Burnet, Grey NY, and The Martin Agency among others.  James holds a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Music degree from McGill University where he was the recipient of the Schulich Graduate Fellowship Award, and the SSHRC Graduate Research Assistantship.