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James Barnes (1949-     )

James Barnes, composerCurrently serving as the Division Director for Music Theory and Composition at the University of Kansas, Professor James Barnes teaches music composition, orchestration, arranging and wind band history/repertoire courses. At KU, he served as Staff Arranger, Assistant, and later, Associate Director of Bands for 27 years. He recently completed his thirty-fifth year of teaching at KU. His numerous publications for concert band and orchestra are extensively performed world-wide. His works (including six symphonies and two concertos) have been performed at such venues as Tanglewood, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Tokyo Metropolitan Concert Hall. Barnes 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 and the Bohumil Makovsky Award for Outstanding College Band Conductors. Barnes was recently awarded the first annual BMI Award for Excellence in Teaching Creativity from the Music Educators National Conference. The world-famous Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra has recorded three compact discs of his music. Southern Music Company has released three albums of his compositions, including Symphonies, a double CD set featuring four of his symphonies for band. Over the years, Mr. Barnes has been commissioned to compose works for all five of the major American military bands in Washington, DC. A recent CD release by the United States Air Force Band features two different works by James Barnes: Dreamers, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight by the Wright brothersand Wild Blue Yonder, commissioned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United States Air Force. Mr. Barnes has traveled extensively as a guest composer, conductor and lecturer throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Taiwan and Singapore. He has guest conducted in Japan over 35 times. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Bandmasters Association and numerous other professional organizations and societies.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            James Barnes Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
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WORKS BY GENRE                                                            James Barnes Links     ~ top of page ~
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Toccata Fantastica Op. 106
A Solemn Prelude for Symphonic Band. Op. 114
A Light in the Wilderness
A Very American Overture
All Pleasant Things
Alvamar Overture
Autumn Soliloquy for Oboe and concert band
Appalachian Overture
Arioso For Symphonic Band
Beautiful Oregon
Brookshire Suite
Caribbean Hideaway
Carnaval in São Paulo
Centennial Celebration Overture
Century Tower Overture
Chorale and Jubiloso
Chorale Prelude on a German Folk Tune Op. 61
Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band
Danza Sinfonica
Dream Journey, OP.98 (a Tone Poem for Symphonic Band)
Duo Concertante, OP. 74
Eagle Bend Overture for Band
Eisenhower Centennial March
Fanfares and Alleluias
Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Nicolo Paganini
Festival Concert March
Festive Music for Singapore
Foxfire Overture for Symphonic Band
German Folk Tune
Golden Brass
Golden Festival Overture Op. 95
Heatherwood Portrait
High Plains Overture
Hobart Centennial March
Hunter Park
Inspiration Point
Inventions On Marching Songs
Invocation and Toccata[6]
Impressions of Japan
Jubilation Overture
Lonely Beach Normandy 1944
Long Gray Line
Maracas from Caracas
March Kawasaki
Meadowlark, A Pastorale
Medicine Lodge
Mojaves Claves
Music from "Girl Crazy" by George Gershwin
Nulli Secundus March
Pagan Dances
    - Ritual
    - Mystics
    - The Master of the Sword
Poetic Intermezzo
Rhapsodic Essay; Gathering of Eagles
Spitfire Overture
Stone Meadows
Sunflower Saga
Symphonic Overture
The Old Guard
The Pershing Rifles
The Silver Gazebo
The Texans
Toccata Fantastica
Torch Dance
Trailridge Saga
Trail of Tears
Trumpets and Drums
Twin Oaks Overture for Band
Variations ona Moravian Hymm
Visions Macabres
Westport Overture
Westridge Overture
Wildwood Overture
Yama Midori (Green Mountains)
Yorkshire Ballad

First Symphony
Second Symphony
Third Symphony, "The Tragic", op. 89 (1994)
    - Lento - Allegro ritomoco
    - Scherzo
    - Fantasia - Mesto (for Natalie)
    - Finale: Allegro giocoso
Fourth Symphony "Yellowstone Portraits" Op. 103b
    - Dawn on the Yellowstone River
    - Pronghorn Scherzo
    - Inspiration Point (Tower Falls)
Fifth Symphony "Phoenix" Op. 110
Sixth Symphony (written for the Lake Braddock High School Symphonic Band)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra

Chorus w/Orchestra



Solo Instrument





JAMES BARNES  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
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James Barnes Receives BMI Award for Excellence in Teaching Music Creation (

Composer website [at Southern Music Company]    . . .   contact James Barnes:  here

James Barnes @ Wikipedia
James Barnes @ BandZone
James Barnes @ Classical Archives
James Barnes @ InstantEncore
James Barnes @ MusicWeb International
James Barnes @ Southern Music Company
James Barnes @
James Barnes @ U.S. Naval Academy Band
James Barnes @ University of Kansas    also     here
James Barnes @
James Barnes @ Wind Repertory Project

James Barnes @ Alfred Music Publishing
James Barnes @ Southern Music Company

Streaming Audio
James Barnes @ BandWorld
James Barnes @ Classical Archives
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James Barnes @ Stanton's Sheet Music Listening Library

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James Barnes @ ArkivMusic
James Barnes @ CD Universe
James Barnes @ ClassicsOnline

James Barnes @ YouTube
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