Taylor Barnett is a Virginia-based trumpeter, teacher, and composer currently instructing Theory and Aural Skills and Jazz Arranging at VCU. In 2001, he was awarded First Place in the Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition. Taylor is currently a member of No BS! Brass with whom he has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. He has also performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Oratorio Society of Virginia, and with artists such as Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Frankie Avalon, Steve Wilson, John D’earth, and René Marie. He earned B.M. Jazz Studies and M.M. Trumpet Performance degrees from VCU and recently completed his D.M.A. in Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature at James Madison University, where he also taught from 2010-2013. He recently participated in the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre led by Dave Douglas.