Professor James Barnes, Chair of the Division of Theory-Composition at the University of Kansas, teaches orchestration, arranging and composition courses, and wind band history and repertoire courses. At KU, he served as an Assistant, and later, as Associate Director of Bands for 27 years.
His numerous publications for concert band and orchestra are extensively performed in the United States, Europe and the PacificBasin. His works have been performed at Tanglewood, Boston Symphony Hall, LincolnCenter, Carnegie Hall and the KennedyCenter in Washington, DC.
Barnes has twice received the coveted American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award for outstanding contemporary wind band music. He has been the recipient of numerous ASCAP Awards for composers of serious music, the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal, the Bohumil Makovsky Award for Outstanding College Band Conductors, along with numerous other honors and grants.
He has recorded three commercial compact discs of his music with the world famous Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. He has also been commissioned to compose works for all five of the major military bands in Washington, DC. Mr. Barnes has traveled extensively as a guest composer, conductor, and lecturer throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Bandmasters Association and several other professional organizations and societies. Since 1984, his music has been published by Southern Music Company of San Antonio, Texas. For more information on James Barnes’ music, we invite you to send us an email!