Dr. Roland Barrett joined the University of Oklahoma’s music theory and composition faculty in 2001 after a fifteen-year stint as Assistant Director of Bands. His primary teaching responsibilities focus on 20th century topics, and include both undergraduate and graduate theory and composition teaching assignments. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Barrett continues to serve as the musical arranger for the Pride of Oklahoma marching band.
Barrett is also a nationally recognized composer and arranger, with over two hundred published original works and arrangements for symphonic band, chamber ensembles, and marching band. His compositions have been performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony and by numerous All-State, All-Region and All-District Honor Bands, and have been featured on National Public Radio, on the USA cable television network, at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Convention, the National Trumpet Competition, and the International Trumpet Guild convention. Barrett is a multiple recipient of the annual ASCAPlus award, and is a former recipient of the Michael Hennagin memorial scholarship in composition at the University of Oklahoma.