mes Murphy picked up his first pair of drumsticks at the age of 12 and has not put them down since. In May 2003, he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Performance: Drum Set Principle.
James is a drum set player for the Blue Man Group in Boston and rocks the kit with several bands ranging in style from jazz to hip-hop to rock to world music. Over the past several years, James has had the opportunity to perform with many great bands and musicians: Elephant House, Tempting Fate Revue, Eguie Castrillo, Ma´ayan Castel, Mike Verge, Jushea Rose, Leo Mellace and members of West 8 Five, Sam Kininger Band, Boston Horns, and John Brown´s Body. He has also shared the stage with Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Antigone Rising, Fabolous, The Adam Deitch Project, Gary Cherone, J-Live, and the Sam Kininger Band.
In addition to performing, James teaches online drum lessons at PeaceAndDrums.com. The site offers pre-recorded video drum lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. James also teaches privately at his drum school, Stix Drum Instruction, in Essex, MA.
As a well-known drummer and instructor, James is endorsed by Protection Racket, Vater Percussion, REMO, Sabian Cymbals, Future Sonics, and Factory Metal Percussion.