Master Sgt. James Barnard

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I am from Chesapeake, Virginia. My music education includes attendance at East Carolina and Old Dominion Universities and later, Purchase College.

Teachers:

Graham Ashton, James Searl and Stephen Carlson

Influences:

Everything—I have a difficult time separating music from everyday life.

When did you join the Army?

August 1997

Current Projects:

I am constantly finding something new to tackle. Over the last three months I have been focusing on improving my piano technique and singing ability. I am always looking for a non-trumpet piece to adapt for trumpet (and my use).

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What do you enjoy doing off-duty?

I ski, hike, rollerblade, bike and run.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when…

I was in eighth grade, and I beat everyone in my trumpet section.

An Army performance highlight:

A combined concert in Vienna, Austria—The venue and audience were tremendous.

Did you know?

Prior to entering the military I was a public school teacher.

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