Production Manager Jim Lancioni is responsible for auditioning and hiring the A2SO’s musicians, as well as renting and purchasing all music needed for performances. Jim obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan in 1978. He has been Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Timpanist for over 36 years, and was the driving force behind obtaining the symphony’s own set of timpani. Jim also plays in other area orchestras, teaches private lessons, performs as a freelance artist, and plays with his band, Coconut Radio. Jim lives in Chelsea with his wife Susan, and he has two daughters and one grandson.