I am lucky. The trombone is what brought me to Japan so many years ago as a military musician. I left, and came back a few times, but finally decided to settle here. Maintaining my passion was a struggle for many years because I was working full time, having no time to practice; my life was all about work. I had little choice but to give up the trombone and put work first. I was not too happy about that, and it went on for years. Then I found Smith’s School of English. Making the change did nothing but improve my life. Not long after that I was able to adjust my working hours to coincide with my passion for music, not to mention my family, and join a wonderful organization called “The Zama Big Band Jazz Orchestra.” I really love playing in this band, and because I am able to fulfill my need for music again, I am a happier person. So many years ago I didn’t think it was possible to do again, especially in Japan. I was wrong. I have a good balance now between work, music, and family. I am lucky.
Jim (SSE, Hashimoto)