Private Instruction and Clinician
Drum Line Writing and Coaching
James is a 1992 graduate of Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music where he received a performance degree in jazz studies/ percussion with a minor in piano. At the conservatory he performed with the wind ensemble, orchestra, percussion ensemble and jazz ensemble. His list of instructors included Dr. Guy Gauthreaux John Beck Jr. Claude Askew, Marlon Foster and Robert Jospe. After graduation, Schade accepted a gig to play drums for Kim West Entertainment at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. He then moved to Philadelphia Pa. where he worked with many exceptional musicians including Richie Cole, Vic Juris, Harry Allen, Larry Mckenna, John Swana, Joshua Breakstone, Bootsie Barnes, Randy Johnston, Grant Stewart, Hod O'Brian, Jimmy Bruno, George Young, Frank Tiberi, Lew Tabackin, Jim Snidero, Jonathan Kreisberg, Pete Smyser, Steve Rudolph, and Frank Foster, among others. He also appeared on the Michael Feldman radio Show, Whaddya Know?, heard on National Public Radio, and on WDCU 90.1 FM in Washing D.C. with the Laurence Elder Trio.
In his over 20 years of private teaching, Schade has had over 200 students, including serving as the drum and percussion instructor at the Conservatory of Musical Arts, Haddonfield, NJ. In Pennsylvania, he has been the drumline instructor for Northern York County High School, Annville-Cleona High School, and most recently, Mifflinburg High School (2012-2015). He has also written drum line parts for the ensembles at all three schools.
James has experience playing for musicals at Bucknell University, Allenberry playhouse (Carlisle, Pa.), Media Theatre (Pa.) and several high school musicals throughout central pa. He has appeared on numerous recordings including "Live at Ortleib's", "It might as well be spring", featuring Larry McKenna, "Horn Talk" Larry McKenna & Pete Cole, Peggy Lee/Rosemary Clooney Tribute featuring Mary Ellen Desmond and Meg Clifton, Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit "Success Leaves it's Clues" and the Walter Bell Companion Volume II, Featuring Denise King and Bill Schilling, "A Jazzy Christmas" featuring Larry Mckenna and Michael Cossintino, Doug Finke and Sterling Jazz "Sentimental", Joel Kunreuther Trio "Whether it is or isn't", Jay Vonada Organ Trio East
"Chemistry". Organ Trio East Featuring Steve Adams on Hammond B-3 was reviewed by Downbeat Magazine. OTE has a new recording in the can and is expected to come out in spring of 2017.
Schade is currently living in Lexington KY, where his wife Leah accepted a position at the Lexington Theological Seminary. He is available for gigs, theatre work, private lessons, drumline writing & coaching, recording etc. Leah Schade is also a professional harpist and is available for solo work and small ensembles. James and Leah have their own trio that have provided music for jazz vespers, corporate events, and private engagements. They have 2 children, Rachel (age 13) and Benjamin (age 9).