James B. Morford is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington’s School of Music. His research interests include music in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. He earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Maryland, as well as a B.M. and M.M. in Music Education from West Virginia University. While at the University of Washington, he has participated in a variety of academic and performance-based courses, and has published work on community music and intertribal Native American music . He is an active participant in West African drum and dance classes in Seattle.