Jim Hopson is an in-demand composer and arranger for a wide variety of ensembles and projects. He is the primary arranger for Ten Souljers and the Vijay Brass Band, with special expertise in commercial horn arranging/recording. His wide and varied catalogue includes arrangements and original compositions for: symphony orchestra, concert band (all levels), brass ensemble, jazz band, Swiss Alphorn, and string quartet… many of which have been published and recorded, available through the Phonos Music Online Store.

Composer & Arranger

As a  composer, Jim’s many eclectic influences include:

  • Duke Ellington
  • Rob McConnell
  • Freddie Hubbard
  • Hugh Fraser
  • Rush
  • Gustav Mahler
  • James Brown
  • Sammy Nestico
  • J.S. Bach
  • Claude Debussy
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Cole Porter



Jim is currently accepting commissions from a wide variety of ensembles, including:

  • Concert Bands
  • Orchestras
  • Jazz Bands
  • Brass Ensembles
  • Alphorn Ensembles
  • String Ensembles

Clients are guaranteed to be impressed by:

  • Quick turnaround
  • Clean & easy-to-read score/parts
  • Exciting and interesting orchestration
  • Idiomatic writing for all instruments

Jim offers composition and arranging workshops for schools and community organizations all over the world. Topics can include:

  • Interactive Commission: Jim works with students to create source material and themes, which he then uses to write a piece for their group.

  • Manufacturing Inspiration: Jim speaks with students about the creative process, demonstrating how to generate compositional ideas and develop them into thoughtful, detailed pieces of music.
Twitter @jim_hopson

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