James (Jim) Sochinski

James (Jim) Sochinski

Professor - Music History, Music Theory

Before coming to Virginia Tech in 1977, James Sochinski was an arranger for the United States Army Field Band, Washington DC, and band director at South Carolina State University.

He has served as arranger for the Virginia Tech's 330-member “Marching Virginians” for 38 years and has written for many college and university bands throughout the country. 

In recent years he has focused his work on developing new approaches to music instruction, which have included curricular reform and innovative applications of technology.

Contact Me

(540) 231-6095
242-L Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Areas of Expertise

  • Music History & Theory
  • Research/Production: Compositions
  • Teaching Areas: History and Analysis of Music Styles & Orchestration

Education & Training

  • Ph.D.,University of Miami
  • M.M., Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University
  • B.M., University of Missouri - Columbia

Name a play, film, or recording that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others. Share why you made this selection.

JS Bach: St Matthew Passion. Arguably the greatest and most dramatic sacred work ever composed. If only we had an opera or two from Bach. . .

Share something about yourself that might surprise your students. 

In my first college band job, Director of the historically-black South Carolina State College Marching 101, the students called me "Professor Soul-chinski."

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Served as a bass trombonist for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra from 1977-2010
  • Serves as an arranger for the Virginia Tech's 330-member “Marching Virginians” for 38 years

Honors & Awards

  • Over fifty of his compositions and arrangements are published by Barnhouse, TRN and Columbia Pictures

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