Assembly Service Shreveport
About Jim O'Brien
Jim O'Brien is actually a drummer/vibist graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. class of ‘76. Jim was an accomplished reader in high school in Connecticut and was part of the school concert and jazz band as well as the orchestra in the school theater program. His professional musical career started in the 60’s where he accompanied dance classes during performances. In college during the early 70's he studied with such jazz greats as Gary Burton (world renowned jazz vibist), David Samuels (vibist with Spirogyra), Alan Dawson and more. The Boston years also included more orchestral pit work for various musicals in the Boston area. After doing a world tour with the band "The Spiral Starecase" (hit song "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday"), he played the Las Vegas and Atlantic City circuit. Making his way down to Louisiana, Jim has worked with many of the leaders of the Louisiana music scene and played drums with such bands as the Lafayette All-Stars, The White Trash Horn Band (members of the Edgar Winter Band) and the Boogie Kings. While with the Boogie Kings in 1994, he, with the rest of the band, was inducted into the Louisiana Entertainment Hall of Fame. Jim has played the riverboat casino circuit throughout Louisiana and some of these acts included The Diamonds, The Temptations, Charo and many others. Jim has taught in the Louisiana school system, including public schools as well as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Jim moved to Shreveport in 1994 and worked as producer/engineer of Great Empire Productions at KWKH radio station. During his first year there, his work earned him a gold ADDY award for music production in the "musical score/jingle" catagory. While continuing to play music, he is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and is the founder of Digital Audio Clarification. Jim has performed as a guest soloist for Louisiana schools and universities and continues to teach lessons in Shreveport, La.. He has written an instructional book on playing four mallet vides entitled How to Play Four Mallet Vibraphone. Jim has also been playing for several years at Zion Baptist gospel church under the direction of Brady Blade in Shreveport, LA.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; Nothing is more common that unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
You just never know where life will lead