James Zanker, Singer and Director
James Zanker has been known as a dedicated, enthusiastic and talented choral director in the Fort Wayne area since moving here from his home state of Iowa in 1986. His choral, instrumental and handbell ensembles were recognized as having been some of the finest in our area. Currently, James plays trumpet in the Blue River Big Band and is Flugelhorn Soloist for the Old Crown Brass Band. CHORDS is his #1 passion, and he enjoys immensely the rigors of directing, scheduling, booking and organizing the ensemble. By day he is a Long-Term Care Insurance/Investment Advisor as part ofVeterans Financial, Inc. His delightful wife, Kyle, and their boys, Joshua and Paul, enjoy a blessed family life along with Kyle’s parents and brother’s family who also live in the area. James’ second passion is toy collecting, and his and Kyle’s pressed-steel toy collection is considered one of the finest in the entire United States.
James Played Flugelhorn on the song “In The Garden” in the American Hymns album.