"You really write exactly what you want to write and that is excellent. The pieces are full of energy and musicality ..."
~ Samuel Adler, The Juilliard School
"His orchestral work entitled 'Gearbox' is a brilliant showpiece that surges with energy from beginning to end. Throughout the piece, his gift of lyricism within a dramatic framework is apparent to all who listen."
~ San Antonio Symphony Program Notes
"He writes with heart and has the musical and technical abilities to realize his conceptions. He is one of the few young composers whose music has moved me."
~ Michael Colgrass, Composer
"One thing that is particularly effective about the work 'Minton's Playhouse' is that one feels it is a piece for jazz ensemble, 'framed' by the colors and textures of the full wind ensemble."
~ Fanfare Magazine
“James Syler’s ‘Symphony No. 1’ ... is a major addition to the wind ensemble repertoire. What immediately strikes the listener about this composition with a title ‘Blue’ is the depth of the text and music and the absence of all of the possible stereotypes ..."
~ Leon Bly, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
FANTASIA ON SILENT NIGHT
A BLUE STREAK
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
Feb 19 Yale University, Hymn for Emanuel
Feb 27 University of Dubuque, IA, Hymn for Emanuel
Mar 03 University of Connecticut, Hymn for Emanuel
Mar 10 University of Texas at San Antonio, Wu Xing Concertino
Apr 09 Triangle Wind Ensemble, NC, Minton’s Playhouse
Apr 13 University of Texas at San Antonio, Wu Xing Concertino
Apr 14 Coastal Carolina University, Congo Square
Apr 28 University of Indianapolis, Wu Xing Concertino
May 01 Mount Vernon HS, MO, Wu Xing Concertino
May 01 Blinn College, TX, Wu Xing Concertino
May 11 Lafayette HS, LA Wu Xing Concertino
May 15 Hempfield HS, PA Wu Xing Concertino
May 17 Fremont HS, CA, Wu Xing Concertino
May 17 Claudia Taylor Johnson HS, TX Wu Xing Concertino
May 19 Granite Bay HS, CA Wu Xing Concertino
Sep 15 Baylor University, TX Congo Square
Oct 04 Indiana State University, IN Wu Xing Concertino
Oct 18 Stephen F. Austin University, TX Wu Xing Concertino
Nov 15 Davis HS, CA, Wu Xing Concertino
Nov 15 Wayne State College, NE, Wu Xing Concertino
Dec 08 Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI Wu Xing Concertino
Jan 28 Wayne State Honor Band Festival, NE Wu Xing Concertino
Feb 08 Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, Minton's Playhouse
Feb 24 Chabot College Wind Symphony, CA Wu Xing Concertino
Mar 16 Western Oregon Winds, OR Wu Xing Concertino
Apr 25 Scarsdale HS, NY Wu Xing Concertino
May 13 Gustavus Adolphus College, MN Sinfonietta