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Taylor Barnett

Coordinator of Musicianship Studies

Instructor of Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Improvisation and Jazz History

Taylor Barnett is the coordinator of musicianship studies and an instructor of jazz trumpet, jazz improvisation and jazz history in the department of Music. He is currently a member of No BS! Brass, with whom he has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival and on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. He has also performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, and with artists such as Dave Douglas, Steve Wilson, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and Frankie Avalon. As a composer and arranger, Barnett’s work is published by UNC Jazz Press and has been commissioned by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and trumpeter Rex Richardson for performances at international music festivals in Australia, Greece, Portugal, and China. Barnett’s most recent albums as a leader are “Loose Ends,” a 2018 album of original compositions for big band, and “Two Quartets: 2 For One,” a 2019 album of original compositions for jazz quartet. Barnett earned his DMA in performance, pedagogy and literature at James Madison University, and his MM in trumpet performance and BM in jazz studies from VCUarts.