Senior Instructor, Trumpet | Director of University Brass Choir & FIU Studio Jazz Big Band
James Hacker has been a faculty member at the Florida International University School of Music since 1995 as the Trumpet Instructor, Conductor of the University Brass Choir and Director of Brass Chamber Music. In the fall of 2010, Mr. Hacker was appointed as the Director of the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band and also served as the Associate Director of Marketing for the School of Music from January 2011-May 2012.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Hacker currently holds trumpet positions with the Boca Symphonia and Atlantic Classical Orchestra and is a founding member of both the Miami Brass Consort and the Florida Trumpet Quartet. Since coming to Miami in 1986, he has been a regular performer and/or soloist with the Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, Florida Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, Seraphic Fire, Miami Chamber Symphony, Miami Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Orchestra Miami, Palm Beach Pops, Miami Bach Society and Palm Beach Opera as well as other orchestral and chamber ensembles throughout the South Florida area.
Mr. Hacker also performs regularly with many artists’ concert tours and Broadway shows throughout the state, and can be heard on numerous CDs, television and radio commercials as a studio musician. His talents and versatility have enabled him to travel throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia and to perform and/or record with such noted artists as Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavorati, Timbaland, Madonna, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Diddy, Prince, Busta Rhymes, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Ricardo Montaner, Doc Severinson, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Barry Manilow, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, Bruce Hornsby, The O’Jays, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Anthony Newley, Shirley Bassey, Henry Mancini, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Natalie Cole, James Galway, Jon Secada, The Temptations, Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Bernadette Peters, The Four Tops, Marvin Hamlisch, Englebert Humperdink, Gregory Hines, Chita Rivera, Pia Zadora, John Rutter, Toots Theilman, Rob McConnell, Tommy Tune, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Anka, Lionel Hampton, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Bob Mintzer, Peter Allen, Lucy Arnez, The Moody Blues, Gloria Estefan, Chayanne, Raul DiBlasio, Willie Chirino, Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Peobo Brison, James Ingram, Roberta Flack, Sheila E., Sheena Easton, Liza Minelli, Vicki Carr, Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Tito Puente, Ed Calle, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Luis Enrique, Pimpinela, Jon Faddis, Vic Damone, Regis Philbin, Michel Camilo, Ignacio Berroa, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, James Taylor, Barry White, Keely Smith, Jim McNeely, John Fedchock, Ira Sullivan, Maria Schneider, Jaci Valesquez, Deana Martin, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Maureen McGovern, Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Meatloaf, The Spinners, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Stephen Marley, El Puma, Inner Circle, KC and the Sunshine Band, Baha Men, Thalia, Cristian Castro, Andrea Bocelli, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flo-Rida, Wyclef Jean, Joan Rivers, Debbie Boone, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, Taylor Hicks, Perry Como, Little Richard, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Tommy Mottola among others.
Mr. Hacker received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Miami in 1989 and then continued his studies at UM by pursuing a Masters degree as the teaching assistant to Gilbert Johnson for two years. While in school, he was also the lead trumpet for five years with the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, directed by Whit Sidener. Prior to joining the FIU faculty in 1995, he taught at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus for 5 years.