Jimmy Bowland: Sax
Since completing his formal studies, Jimmy has enjoyed a diverse professional career as performer, educator and clinician in a variety of musical settings. He has conducted clinics and master classes at a majority of the middle Tennessee area's dominant high school band programs as well as a clinic at Nashville's Mars Music where he is a certified Learning Center instructor. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Olivet College in Olivet, MI and at Nashville's own Belmont University. He has fronted his own group as guitarist/vocalist in Japan; toured internationally for the past nine years with Brenda Lee performing on saxophone, flute, clarinet, guitar and percussion; and made several appearances with the Nashville Symphony. He has performed for numerous national television and radio broadcasts, most recently with Delbert McClinton on Austin City Limits, and is one of the few saxophonists to appear on the Grand Ole Opry national television and radio broadcasts. He has also performed with the Temptations, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, the Boxtops, Kenny Rogers and Bob Hope among others.
Jimmy currently divides his time among live performance, touring, teaching and studio work in the Nashville area. His sax work can be heard on Delbert McClinton's latest release "Room To Breathe" along with Anthony Gomes' "Unity". He is also promoting the debut release of the Rigby/Bowland Project, an instrumental quintet founded in 1999 with guitarist David Rigby. The C.D. features original compositions and arrangements by David and Jimmy. So far the self-titled release has enjoyed very favorable press, regional distribution through Cat's Music Stores and is in regular rotation on WMOT 89.5 FM. In January of 2002 he began touring with singing sensation Billy Gilman, performing on saxophone, flute, wind controller and percussion.