Jim Van Arsdale has enjoyed a career spanning over 30 years as a performer and educator in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  Jim is co-founder and program director of the not-for-profit organization, Perform 4 Purpose, who organize music workshops, summer camps, and concerts with kids that support local charitable needs. Jim has been nominated for multiple SAMMY's (Syracuse Area Music Award) as the guitarist for Midnight Mood. and with Perform 4 Purpose. His band, THE HEALERS, currently perform as a 8 piece group featuring the Sticky C# Horns. Jim is also the guitarist in the rock trio, BLAST, featuring his long time music collaborator, Bob Nodzo, as well as holding down the bottom end as bassist/vocals for the classic rock band, NO FILTER. In 2001, as a member of the group Spellbound, was voted Best Regional Band in a readers poll by the Citizen Newspaper.  Jim holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Masters in Integrating Technology in Education from Walden University.