Master Sgt. James Barnard


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


Graham Ashton, James Searl and Stephen Carlson


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).


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.