James Jenkins

Principal Tuba

James Jenkins is the founder of the nonprofit organization Body & Soul which works with health care providers to provide the gift of music to patients.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
That I am a person of many interests. All of them involve the arts as a means to connect people with one another.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Something that involves helping people. Medical field.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
Very little spare time between Body & Soul and the University of Florida

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
Sharing my work and thoughts with live audiences.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
Enjoying my family "Does that count as a sport"?

Do you have a favorite team?
Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat

Do you have a favorite team?
Anything well prepared

Who is your favorite composer?
Top 2. Mahler, R. Strauss

What’s currently on your Ipod?
Numerous books on tape (business management, action thrillers, suspense)

University of Miami