Growing up in New York, Jim Bradas started playing clarinet in the second grade and saxophone in the third grade. He played in concert, marching and jazz bands from elementary school through college. He was blessed with wonderful music teachers throughout his school years. His elementary band director, Bill Barber, recorded with trumpeter Miles Davis on the "Birth of the Cool" album, as well as the Miles Davis/Gil Evans classics - "Miles Ahead", "Porgy and Bess", and "Sketches of Spain". His high school band and jazz director, Al Langstaff, played trombone with the Claude Thornhill Big Band. He played lead alto and tenor throughout college and graduate school at Mississippi State. After a layoff of almost 20 years, he began playing again in 2000, joining Rocket City Jazz nearly 5 years ago.
Working in the defense industry by day, Jim enjoys playing with a variety of jazz and classical groups, including various musicals produced in the Huntsville area.