James Richmond received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University and the Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. His teachers include Edward Fraedrich, Skip Gailes, and Gunnar Mossblad. Richmond is active in teaching throughout southeastern Virginia. In addition to teaching applied saxophone and saxophone quartet at Christopher Newport University, he also teaches applied saxophone at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a woodwind specialist for Bruton and Smithfield High Schools. He has presented masterclasses on subjects including big band techniques and woodwind pedagogy. An active performer, Richmond is a professional saxophonist/clarinetist with Busch Gardens, the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra, and the Tidewater Saxophone Quartet.