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James Riles III

Atlanta Drum Academy

Executive Director

James Riles III is from Nicholls , Ga and has been playing the drums since his parents bought him a set of drums at 5 years of age. He drummed his way through middle school & earned the position of the lead drumset player in the Coffee High School Jazz Band "Trojectory" while he was just a freshman. His God given talents landed him a scholarship at Morris Brown College where he composed a lot of their new aged Drumline material.


He was also a composer and performer for the hit movies "Drumline" and also Drumline 2: A New Beat. He used his gift to teach people of all ages how to play drums and life skills. His motto "Pray and Play" is one he holds onto dearly by letting everyone know that it's through Christ that he's able to teach the way that he does.


His two sons Sadarien and Darius Riles are also drummers as well and also a part of the Atlanta Drum Academy. He tells everyone that they are better drummers at their age than he was when he was their age.

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