Music Director of the Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble, James Daughters is also director of bands at Xavier University. He earned his bachelor and masters degrees in conducting and music education at the University of Kentucky, where he was a graduate teaching assistant with the University Bands under the tutelage of Richard Clary and George Boulden.
Daughters is former director of Bands at Conner Middle School in Hebron, Ky., where his ensembles garnered regional and national recognition and have presented several acclaimed performances of advanced repertoire. The Symphonic Band has presented concerts and clinics at the 2012 Music for All National Concert Band Festival, multiple Kentucky Music Educators Association State In-Service Conferences, the 2011 National Middle School Association Conference, and University of Kentucky Middle School Band Invitationals. Other recent honors include a National Wind Band Honors Mark of Excellence Award, an invitation and performance at the 2011 World War II Memorial as part of the National Festival of States in Washington D.C. and the premier performance of “Foundry” by composer John Mackey in 2011.
Daughters is a founding member and conductor of The Fillmore Wind Band, which is the official namesake of native Cincinnatian, CCM graduate and march king Henry Fillmore. The group is comprised of professional musicians from Greater Cincinnati and will be perform at the 2013 Ohio Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Daughters has been a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for honor bands, concert and marching band festivals in the region. He has been the lead arranger for UK and Western Illinois University marching bands and his arrangements have been performed by high school and university bands across the United States. Daughters was the drum major for the UK Marching Band and for 15 years he was the head clinician for the Kentucky Drum Major and Leadership Camp in Lexington, Ky. His professional affiliations include KMEA, OMEA, NAfME, NBA, JEN and an honorary induction into Kappa Kappa Psi. He received the Middle School Teacher of the Year Award from KMEA District 6, the Teacher Who Made a Difference Award from the University of Kentucky, and he is a Kentucky Colonel.