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:

SMP Press

Cherry Classics

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.

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