Mr. James C. Schuster
Director of the DHS String Orchestra, DHS Chamber Orchestra, DHS Concert Band, DHS Wind Ensemble, DHS Cardinal Marching Band, DHS Pit Orchestra
Born in Berrien Springs, Michigan, Mr. Schuster attended Marine City High School where his natural interest in music was piqued. After graduation, Mr. Schuster went on to earn a BA in instrumental music at Michigan State University with a minor in music theory and has earned a masters' degree from Vandercook college.
Brought into the music program at MSU by Kenneth Bloomquist, Mr.Schuster has studied under John Whitwell, John T. Madden, and Janine Gaboury-Sly. Gaboury-Sly, an outstanding musician who has played with both the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, taught Mr.Schuster the complexities of the French Horn, his primary instrument.
While at MSU, Mr. Schuster joined the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity in 1992, a premier musically focused fraternity, and remains a member today. Mr. Schuster played with the Spartan Brass, the Orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble for three years, the Symphonic band for two years, the Pit Orchestra for two years, and the Marching Band for five years during his stay at MSU.
Mr. Schuster is capable of playing many instruments although the french horn, the mellophone, the baritone, and the trumpet are the four with which he is most proficient.
Graduation from MSU saw Mr. Schuster become a substitute teacher. He taught at East China High School, Algonac, and Port Huron before settling in at Redford High School as a full time instructor for a two year tenure . The Davison school system was succesful in hiring Mr. Schuster away in the summer of 1999.
Mr. Shuster has a passion for positively impacting students lives through the power of music and he looks forward to many more years building and refining the Davison High School instrumental music program.