Dr. Jim Laughlin is a tenured professor at Amarillo College who teaches woodwinds, jazz studies and freshman level music theory. He is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician throughout the midwest. Dr. Laughlin has performed with many touring groups such as the Temptations, Rat Pack, Lynn Seaton, Mark Little, and as a student appeared with jazz greats Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Bob Mintzer, Diane Reeves, Steve Wilkerson, and others.
Dr. Laughlin is a member of the Amarillo Symphony on both clarinet and saxophone, performs with Amarillo Opera and leads his own dance orchestra and jazz quartet. He has guest conducted many regional jazz bands as well as the Oklahoma Allstate Jazz band in 2007.
As president of the Amarillo Jazz Society, a 501C non-profit organization, he has organized numerous concerts and educational events. He is also the founder and program director for June Jazz, a favorite community event which began in 1996 at Amarillo College. In 2012 Laughlin was guest lecturer for the Creative Mind lecture series at Amarillo College, his topic was early jazz in New York and Paris. In 2016 he taught Jazz History of Paris to a Global travel class and traveled with AC students to London an Paris.
Dr. Laughlin competed and won many concerto competitions, including with the Oklahoma Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony, and North American Saxophone Alliance. He has debuted original compositions for saxophone and has recorded in numerous cities. Holding degrees from three universities, his PhD in jazz pedagogy was completed in 2001 from The University of North Texas.
Dr. Laughlin enjoys living in Amarillo with his three children, Alex, Nick and Natalie, and wife Tammy.