Having recently relocated from Portland, James Smock has enjoyed a varied career as a trumpeter for symphony orchestras, Elvis impersonators, chamber ensembles, and rodeo bands. Since 2010 Mr. Smock has been the principal trumpet of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, concert highlights including “Frankenstein!” (H.K. Gruber) and “The Diary of Anne Frank” (Grigory Frid). Mr. Smock also is also an audience favorite at the PCO’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”
Mr. Smock has toured internationally with the nationally acclaimed, award winning Elvis impersonator Justin Shandor, and can also be heard serenading oxen and wild horses every year at the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show at the famous Pendleton Round-Up. He’s played with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Oregon Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, and the Britt Festival Orchestra.
The 2014 season marked the beginning of Mr. Smock’s tenure as the Associate Principal trumpet of the Boise Philharmonic. In Idaho, he has also performed with the Boise Baroque Orchestra and the McCall Music Festival Orchestra.