As an active performing musician, Mr. Skaleski currently performs clarinet regularly with the 132nd Army Band (Madison, Wisconsin) Knightwind Ensemble of Milwaukee. Jim has previously performed with various ensembles throughout Wisconsin, including ensembles in Madison, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Oconomowoc, and Menomonie. He frequently freelances for pit orchestras and other musical functions. He performs annually in La Crosse for Viterbo University's and La Crosse Community Theatre musical performances, most recently for the production of "Marry Poppins."Jim performing clarinet

While working towards his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Mr. Skaleski remained dedicated to musical performance. He was a member of the university's Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and the Blugold Marching Band. In addition to work with large ensembles, Mr. Skaleski also participated with various chamber groups. While working on solo literature, he took opportunities to perform for master classes with members of the United States Marine Band, Dr. Andrea Cheeseman, and Dr. Frank Sidorfsky. He was also selected twice to perform with the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter All-Star College Band (20072008) in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

His primary instructors have included Vojislav Brankov (Milwaukee, WI), John Hibler (retired, Milwaukee, WI), Dan Gilmore (Waukesha, WI), Dr. Richard Fletcher (retired, Eau Claire, WI), and Staff Sergeant Charlie Brokovich (Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA).

Other Woodwinds

Mr. Skaleski currently performs saxophone for a variety of musical functions. He currently plays baritone saxophone with the Greenfield Concert Band as of 2016, tenor saxophone with the Lake Geneva Symphony Jazz Band, and tenor saxophone for Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet: Suite No. 2" (April 2016). During his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he continued to perform saxophone primarily with jazz ensembles. He was a member of the university jazz bands. Mr. Skaleski has also performed with smaller combos within the community. He also found other performance opportunities through the University Symphony Orchestra and various pit orchestras.

His primary instructors for saxophone have included Mike Caldwell (Waukesha, WI), John Hibler (retired, Milwaukee, WI), Dr. Richard Fletcher (retired, Eau Claire, WI), and Dr. Nancy McMillan (formerly of Eau Claire, WI).

As a recent endeavour, Mr. Skaleski has taken opportunities to perform flute as a soloist and with community music ensembles. His previous instructor was Carolyn Atwell (Menomonee Falls, WI). He most recently performed oboe for the Columbus Community Theater production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Vocal Performance

Mr. Skaleski previously sang with the Madison Symphony Chorus from 2013-2015. An avid amatuer choral enthusiast, Mr. Skaleski has taken opportunities in recent years to perform with choral ensembles on works such as Mozart's "Requiem", Mendelssohn's "Elijah", Duruflé and Wilberg's Requiems, as well as Schubert's "Mass No. 2." He has submitted rehearsed video recordings for Eric Whitacre's "Water Night" and "Fly to Paradise" virtual choirs. He also attended a workshop with the composer/conductor in May 2012.