Known for his passion for music, retired professor of music, Jim Latimer was head of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music Percussion Area from 1968 to 1999. Upon his arrival in Madison, he assumed the role as timpanist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (1968-1999). Durinig this time, he was also director of the UW Percussion Ensemble (UWPE), a group that toured Wisconsin schools to introduce young children to what was then a relatively new art form.

Born in Oklahoma, Jim first studied piano and marimba with his mother at the Latimer School of Music in Tulsa. He remembers standing on a coke box to be tall enough to stand at the marimba. Marimba has since become his performance passion. In 1982, he founded the Madison Marimba Quartet. MMQ regrouped in 1987 and has performed professionally since that time. A firm believer that teachers must also perform, Latimer offered the remaining three positions in the quartet to former students who continue to teach and serve as music role models in the community.

Jim has an extensive background in teaching and in performance from Florida to Boston. While completing an advanced degree at Boston University, Jim played concerts up and down the coast with more than 30 orchestras. He was also a member of the New Boston Percussion Ensemble and percussionist with the Boston Opera Company under Sarah Caldwell and with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler.

Jim has conducted both the Capitol City Band and the VFW Volunteer Band since 1981.  He celebrated his 30th concert season in 2010. Of music, Jim says, it's powerful and it's in everything we do; it's healing and refreshing. People and things "come to life" when there's music. It brings out the good, the true and the beautiful in all of us. Music is for everyone!
 


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