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 solo piano. His concert band music has been performed at the Midwest Clinic, and appeared on J.W. Pepper's Editor's Choice list.
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' bands have regularly received Division I ratings at state contests. 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.
In addition to composing, Mr. Barnes remains active as an educator and performer.