Faculty and Staff

Barnett, Thomas


Thomas Barnett

Professor of Music

Start Year: 2001

Music and Stage and Screen Arts
Office: B58 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-4026



D.M.A., University of Georgia
M.M., Northwestern University
B.M., University of Akron

Courses Taught:

Applied Trumpet, Music Theory, Pep Band, Concert Band, River Falls Brass, Brass Techniques, Music Appreciation

Dr. Thomas Barnett is in his seventeenth year teaching at University of Wisconsin – River Falls and lives in western Wisconsin with his wife Chris and their three sons, Matthew, Tyler, and Connor. As a Professor of Music, his emphasis is in Trumpet Performance and Instruction, River Falls Brass, Music Theory, and directing the Pep Band. Before coming to UWRF, Dr. Barnett taught at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Truett-McConnell College (GA), and Georgia College and State University. He earned a B.M. from The University of Akron (OH), M.M. from Northwestern University (IL), and D.M.A. from The University of Georgia. His principal teachers are Scott Johnston, Vincent Cichowicz, and Fred Mills.

Dr. Barnett is active as a performer and clinician. He is one of the founding members of the River Falls Brass, faculty brass quintet at UWRF. The ensemble has performed in Hawaii, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

During the summer of 2001, he spent four weeks as a guest artist in Brazil. His residency in Londrina included master classes, brass quintet coaching, and several solo and chamber music performances. These performances were highlighted with 2 live local TV broadcasts and 1 live national TV broadcast. Dr. Barnett also appeared as a featured soloist with the Banda de Metais Champagnat of Londrina. During his stay in Vale Veneto, an Italian community in the foothills of southern Brazil, Dr. Barnett gave daily master classes, coached brass quintets, and additionally performed as a soloist with the festival orchestra.

He has performed with numerous professional ensembles in North America, South America, Western Europe and Asia including Minnesota Orchestra, Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Del Estado de Mexico, Keith Brion's New Sousa Band, Aurora Brass, Savannah Symphony, Greenville Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), Macon Symphony, Akron Symphony, and Canton Symphony. In 1995, he soloed with The University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition winner. As a charter member of the Bulldog Brass Quintet, Dr. Barnett served as a guest Artist/Adjudicator at the second biennial International Brass Quintet Competition and Festival at The University of Georgia (March, 2001). As an active member of the International Trumpet Guild, Dr. Barnett has served on the scholarship committee, and book review board.