Jared Barnes began composing and arranging music at an early age, writing works in a wide range of styles for instrumental and vocal ensembles, as well as for solo piano. His works have been performed in recital and concert settings by musicians of all skill levels and ages.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Wartburg College, in Waverly, IA, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007.
Mr. Barnes currently serves as Director of Bands at Newman Catholic Schools in Mason City, Iowa, where his high school bands have received consistent Division I ratings at the annual IHSMA Large Group Festival. In 2011, the Newman High School Concert Band was selected to perform at the Iowa Bandmasters Convention as the Class 1A Honor Band under his direction.
Mr. Barnes remains active as a percussionist and accompanist, performing with several ensembles and soloists in north central Iowa.