Director and Staff
Director of Bands
Steven R. Barnett is currently in his tenth year as
Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Marshall University. He conducts
the Marshall University Wind Symphony and the "Marching Thunder” Marching
Band, where he also serves as music arranger and drill designer.
Barnett is the Music Program Director for the MU School of Music and
He is also the coordinator for music education, teaches
arranging, advanced conducting, supervises student teachers, and teaches
additional music education courses at Marshall University. In 2012, Barnett
received the Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Teacher of the Year Award, one of
the highest awards that a faculty member may receive at Marshall University
and was also nominated by Marshall University as the CASE Council National
Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013.
Mr. Barnett received a Bachelor of
Music degree from the University
and a Masters of Music Education degree from
He has previously held band directing positions in
Mississippi at the
and taught music education in Mississippi
for 24 years.
Mr. Barnett has served as President of the
Conference USA Band Directors Association.
was elected President of the Mississippi
Junior and Community College Band Director Association and served as Editor on
the Phi Beta Mu International Board. Mr. Barnett is also a member of the College
Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association and was
elected President of the Copiah-Lincoln Education Association. While Director of
Bands at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, he received the HEADWAE Award (Higher
Education Appreciation Day: Working for Academic Excellence) for the most
outstanding instructor and was honored by the Mississippi State Legislature.
Mr. Barnett is an active adjudicator and clinician
throughout the southeast and mid-west and is currently a staff arranger for
Jalen Publishing Company of Orlando, FL where he currently has 15 marching band