Barnes, James Charles
- Charles Conrad
(b Hobart, OK, Sept 9, 1949). American composer, educator, conductor. He earned degrees in music at the University of Kansas (BM 1974, MM 1975), where he has been a faculty member since 1976, and is currently Division Director for Music Theory and Composition. His compositions include six symphonies, many overtures and several works for solo winds with band. He has twice received the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award as well as the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal and the Bohumil Makovsky Award for Outstanding College Band Conductors.
Barnes is known as an expert orchestrator; his trademarks include the integration of tuned percussion, piano, and harp into the band texture, and the extensive melodic and solo use of low brass and woodwind instruments. Among the most performed of his more than 100 published works are Third Symphony (1996), Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Niccolo Paganini...