Jim Probasco is a freelance writer and editor with over two decades of experience writing for print, radio, and television media. He is the author of A Parent's Guide to Band and Orchestra and A Parent's Guide to Teaching Music, as well as several other books in the field of music education.


Author,Magazine Editor,Lecturer,Radio and TV Writer,Business and Finance Specialist,Music Specialist


  • Director: NCR Corporation Youth Concert Band


  • Wright State University: Master of Music Education in Music Education
  • Ohio University: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education

Certifications and Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Kettering Arts Commission
  • Dayton Philharmonic Education Advisory Committee
  • University of Dayton Arts Series Board
  • Ohio Music Education Association
  • Music Educator's National Conference

Seniors Experience

As managing editor for The Activity Director's Companion, Jim wrote and edited numerous magazine articles used by activity professionals with seniors in nursing homes, hospitals, independent living facilities, and drop-in centers.

Jim has been a guest presenter and lecturer at the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living Conference and several Resident Activity Professional Conferences in Ohio.

Radio and TV Experience

Jim was head writer for a series of Public Broadcasting Service television specials and staff comedy writer for the Marconi Award-winning Gary Burbank Show on WLW radio. He continues to write radio short-form comedy that airs on more than 200 stations nationwide.

Business and Finance Specialist

Currently, Jim edits and writes business and finance-related content for more than 100 print and online outlets.

Music and Education

Jim leads Celebration Brass, a church-sponsored group for senior musicians. He has directed several adult and youth community and corporate-sponsored bands, including serving as director of the NCR Corporation Youth Concert Band for 20 years.

Jim retired from public schools after 34 years as a music teacher and supervisor of music and fine arts. He holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education.

Nonprofit Board Memberships

Jim has served on the boards of a number of local nonprofits in the Dayton, Ohio area, including:

  • Kettering Arts Commission
  • Dayton Philharmonic Education Advisory Committee
  • University of Dayton Arts Series Board

Jim is a past president of the Kettering Education Foundation, which serves teachers and students in the Kettering (Ohio) City School District.

Recognition and Professional Membership

The Alliance for Education recognized Jim with an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995. He was a member of the Ohio Music Education Association for 32 years, serving as both district Vice President and President. He was also a member of the Music Educator's National Conference.

Life in General

When he is not writing, Jim enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, fantasy football, and playing his trombone. Spending time with his six grandchildren and traveling with his wife round out Jim's life.

More About Jim Probasco

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