Jim Davies virtuoso cornet player, conductor and popular adjudicator hails from the Rhondda Valley South Wales where he began playing the cornet at the age of nine. He went on to win dozens of prestigious solo awards, including Champion Soloist of Wales at the age of 15. During his illustrious career, Jim has made numerous TV and radio appearances, and is the only one to have won the much-coveted Granada TV Best Soloist award twice. He has been featured as guest artist at both the European and National Brass Band Championships, and has also performed in all the major concert halls of the British Isles. He has undertaken concert tours all over Europe and North America, and toured Russia on behalf of the Welsh Arts Council.
He spent 30 years as one of the finest principal cornet players to grace both contest and concert stage, firstly with the No 1 world ranking Cory Band in South Wales and then with the famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band in West Yorkshire. During his time with Cory they won the European and four National Championship titles. More National success followed at Brighouse and he released his solo CD 'Evergreen', accompanied by the band.
Jim has been in demand as a conductor since the age of 22, when he took over the top section Markham Band. He later conducted the South Wales bands of Tredegar, Tongwynlais and Mid-Rhondda to contest success. He even won the Section 2 National Finals with Ammanford Town from a number 1 draw, as well as the famous Joshua Tetleys Contest with the fine North Wales Championship section band Point of Ayr Colliery. On moving to Yorkshire, Jim enjoyed three years as Musical Director of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and Wingates bands. He has been responsible for the resurgence of the EYMS Brass Band in Hull, the Yorkshire Imperial Band and most recently Drighlington Band.
Jim holds a Masters Degree in Advanced Musicology and teaches music at the prestigious Ackworth School West Yorkshire. He has tutored the National Youth Bands of Great Britain, Wales, Switzerland and Norway and is proud to have spent his career steeped in the British brass band tradition. He now brings all of his experience to the adjudicators' box having been asked to judge at major brass band competitions both here and abroad.