Kim has been a professional musician for over 40 years. In November 2012, he retired from a 25-year career with the Canadian Forces Music Branch where he most recently held the position as Director of Music Studies. Apart from the administrative responsibilities associated with this position, he was significantly involved in the Branch’s re-configuration as well as its ongoing curriculum development. As a Branch officer, he served as an adjudicator for numerous CF Music Branch auditions as well as for individual performance exams on all instruments. In addition, he taught theory, arranging, orchestration, and aural skills to all levels of Regular and Reserve Force musicians.
From a Canadian Forces (CF) performance perspective, Kim was primarily the keyboardist and arranger for the Air Command Band in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a keyboard player, he took part in numerous official government, military and public functions throughout North America and Europe. He performed as a piano soloist and as an ensemble member with concert bands, parade bands, large and small jazz ensembles, and show/dance bands. As a writer, his arrangements and compositions reflected both traditional and current needs of the CF, and were regularly requested by organizations outside its purview. Additional opportunities included directing the Air Command Band Stage/Dance Bands, the Concert Band, and various small jazz ensembles.
Apart from his CF career, Kim has simultaneously written and performed as a freelance musician. Professional activities, both as a keyboardist and arranger, have included public concerts, theatre, jazz festivals, cruise ships, clubs, and radio and television broadcasts. He has continued his performing and writing interests since his retirement from the CF.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) degree from the University of Saskatchewan, an Honours Diploma in Arranging from Humber College in Toronto, and a Master of Music (Studio/Jazz Writing) degree from the University of Miami. He is very happy to be back in Saskatoon with family and friends, and is enjoying being an active member of the city’s musical community.