Widely recognized for his work in the standard repertoire, Dr. Sims is also active in the
commission and performance of new music and performances of his ensembles have won praise
throughout the country from composers whose work he has premiered or championed, including
Mason Bates, Bernard Rands, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, and Jonathan Newman. Ensembles
under his direction have performed at regional, state, and national events and travel widely.
He is in demand as guest conductor and clinician, having served as Assistant Conductor of the
Music for All Honor Band of America, conducting the CBDA All-State Concert Band, the CODA
All-State Symphony Orchestra, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and
leading the California Community College Honor Band. Dr. Sims also frequently serves as guest
conductor for regional honor bands and orchestras and at state music conferences, including
multiple appearances at the California Band Directors Association annual conferences as well as
Keenly interested in expanding the boundaries of concert music presentations, Dr. Sims is active
in other realms, serving as Creative Consultant for the Opera Remix Project for Townsend Opera
and founding The Loose Filter Project, an arts think tank whose home on the web (www.
loosefilter.com) features podcasts, audio and video recordings, and commentary.
Having studied primarily with H. Robert Reynolds and Gary W. Hill, Dr. Sims holds a Doctor of
Musical Arts degree in conducting from Arizona State University, a Master of Music degree in
conducting from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the
University of Louisiana, Lafayette. His professional affiliations include the Conductors Guild of
America, the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators’ National
Conference, and the California Music Educators’ Association.