This will be Mr. Barton’s fifth year with Band for Today. Previously, he has experience teaching in the School District of Philadelphia and the Clarke County School District (Athens, GA). Mr. Barton graduated from Millersville University (PA) in 2003 with a B.S. in music education and from Ithaca College in 2005 with a M.M. in trombone performance.
Mr. Barton believes that music education plays a key roll in academic, social, and creative growth in a young person. It is an opportunity to express one’s uniqueness while enjoying time with peers who have similar interests. The teamwork required and the camaraderie that develops prepares a student for many of the challenges in life they may encounter (in music or any other profession). It is Mr. Barton’s goal to create these opportunities for teamwork so each child can grow into the most complete person they can be.
Currently, Mr. Barton plays trombone in the Wheaton Municipal Band and freelances in the Chicagoland area. Previously he had the opportunity to perform at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. and the International Trombone Festival (2004) at Ithaca College. He has had the opportunities to study with some of the finest trombone players in the country from groups like the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. His favorite composers are Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms.
Parents can email Mr. Barton at Barton@bandfortoday.com
Students and parents can check out Mr. Barton’s Band Blog.