James Marshall is a composer, clarinetist, and music educator who comes from a musical family. James became a composer/clarinetist and has taught private lessons throughout the many phases of a career dedicated to advancing clarinet pedagogy. He began formal study at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts on the Garrigues Foundation Scholarship (BM 1971), and at Catholic University (MM 1974). He benefitted from sessions in composition with George Crumb 1972-1975 and was granted a fellowship to UC San Diego (1975-1976) where he collaborated with contrabassist Bert Turetzky, who became a friend and mentor to James and encouraged his compositional talents. As a young musician, James was fortunate to serve as a clarinetist with the United States Air Force Band stationed in Washington, D.C. A true Texan, Jim worked at a day job in bank operations in his native Dallas from 1979 until his retirement in 2014. Since "retirement" the end of 2014, he has been teaching private students and holding Clarinet Clinics based on his approach to clarinet pedagogy (Formative Foundations). Working in the schools, he has updated his Tonal and Technical Studies for Novice Clarinetist published by Mel Bay Publications. He has composed new pieces including Cloud Metamorphosis for Clarinet Sextet, Escape for Clarinet Quartet and the English Sonatina for young clarinetists (an educational level piece) premiered on a repertoire recital by Alison Eales in London in January 2019. Alison Eales commissioned English Autumn for Clarinet and String Trio in the same year. The Sonatina is published by Mel Bay Publications in Lyrical Solos from the British Isles for Clarinet and Piano featuring the English Sonatina.