James Beauton is a Southern California based percussionist and conductor who specializes in the experimental music of the last century. Beauton is committed to the continued performance of the percussion solo literature and performs regularly as a soloist in Los Angeles for the Music@MiMoDa concert series. He has also performed as a part of Monday Evening Concerts and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon To Midnight Festival. James conducts multiple concerts every year which combine contemporary and classical programming in the hopes of creating a more inclusive concert experience.

Presently, James is a member of the contemporary percussion ensemble, red fish blue fish. He conducts and directs the UC San Diego Wind Ensemble as well as the Villa Musica Summer Orchestra. He was recently appointed as the director of the Mt. San Jacinto College Concert Band and the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony. James is concurrently working toward his DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego. He has earned degrees from SUNY Stony Brook (Master of Music) and Michigan State University (Bachelor of Music). James is a Yamaha Performing Artist.