was born September 9, 1949 in Hobart, Oklahoma, U.S.
Barnes studied composition and music theory at the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1974, and Master of Music in 1975. He studied conducting privately with Zuohuang Chen. Since 1977 he has been a professor of theory and composition at the University of Kansas.
Barnes is also a tubist and has performed with numerous professional organizations in the United States.
His numerous compositions are frequently played in America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. The Japanese concert band Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra has produced 3 CDs to date with works of James Barnes.
He has twice received the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award for contemporary wind band music.
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