James Nobriga is an experienced performing
 musician offering lessons in guitar, piano, bass,
 marching percussion, symphonic percussion
 (including marimba and timpani), and Drum
 Set. As a musician for over 20 years, James has
 experience playing in worship bands, jazz
 combos, pop/rock bands, rock/blues bands,
 symphonic, and marching bands. He earned a
 Bachelors of Music degree from San Jose State
 University in 2001, where he studied percussion
 under Anthony Cirone, and marched under the direction of Scott Pierson for over 4 years.  James was recruited with a scholarship to play with the pep band and Marching Band at SJSU out of high school, Milpitas High, where he had marched for 4 years and earned awards and accolades, including the Louis Armstrong award for Jazz drumming and a spot in the Santa Clara county honor band. 

As a recording artist and performing musician, James has recorded and performed with Andy Gridley (www.andygridley.com), Rev City Blues Band (Good News Blues) and has just launched a digital release of the Scars EP with his band, Changing Names (www.wearechangingnames.com), with a full length album to follow later this year.

James is the current drummer for Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys Tribute Band, a very successful international performing group (www.californiabeachboys.com).  James also produces a stage show Event for the fundraising and awareness of the skin disorder Icthyosis called 'Danes Friends for FIRST (www.danesfriendsforfirst.com).  In addition to producing, recording and performing, James is also the Contemporary Worship Arts Producer for Calvary Church of Los Gatos (www.calvarylg.com), where he coaches musicians, recruits volunteers, directs bands, arranges music, creates music sets, and performs on various instruments for worship services each weekend. 


I am passionate about creating, performing, and sharing music with others.  My hope is to pass along to others what I have learned and experienced through the art of making music and the spiritual journey I have been on.” -James Nobriga

* Resume, references, or additional instructor information available upon request