James Pinette began his drum corps involvement in 1936 with the Immaculate Conception Cadets of Malden, Massachusetts, and was still active more than 50 years later, with the Lieutenant Norman Prince Alumni Association and Chorus. His long time association with the Princemen began in 1946. Over many years, he was the drill instructor for the corps, president of the alumni association and director and manager of the Princemen chorus and alumni group. He also played with Sacred Heart Crusaders from 1942 to 1945. His instructing career stretched from 1946 to 1958, teaching drill to such other organizations as the Sacred Heart Crusaders, Immaculate Conception drum corps and drill team. He also served as a judge for the All American, Bay States, and Continental judging associations.