Dr. James Pendell is currently a paraprofessional, private lesson teacher, and freelance musician in the Houston area. Prior to his residency in Houston, Pendell was the director of percussion studies at the University of Tennessee Martin. He also held positions at Coastal Carolina University and served as a Graduate Teaching assistant at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Pendell was born in raised in El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University, a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Texas Tech University.
As a performer, Pendell has shared the stage with musical artists such as Geoffrey Keezer, Andy Narell, Liam Teague, and was a featured soloist with both the Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the Texas Tech University Concert Band. Currently, he plays drums for up and coming country singer Jake Worthington and has held positions with a variety of ensembles including the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Long Bay Big Band, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Paducah Symphony Orchestra.
Pendell has performed, adjudicated, and presented at music conferences all over the world. He is a Vic Firth Performing Artist and a frequent contributor to various scholarly publications.
His motto? “Aim for small victories each and every day.”