Director of Bands

H. Westley Barnes, Jr.

H. Barnes

As a child born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and the second oldest of four, Hugh Westley Barnes, Jr, has always had the motivation and determination to succeed in life. With his siblings, Dennie, Joy, and Dionne; Hugh always kept family first. Always being cautious about who he surrounded himself with. Raised with the mindset of the 40/60 rule, 40 percent book smarts, 60 percent street smart; education has always been a key factor to focus on in life when not at home. Hugh is the first and only member of his family to receive a college degree.

Hugh Westley Barnes, Jr, as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Coppin State University. He conducted the Wind Ensemble and taught instrumental, as well as, other music courses in the program. Professor Barnes is in constant demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator of bands in many states. Professor Barnes also served as Director of the Coppin State University Saturday and Summer Music camps. 

Professor Barnes received his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University and a master's from McDaniel College. He is presently pursuing his Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) in instrumental conducting. Professor Barnes has a number of years of experience teaching Band & Choir in Maryland public schools. Prior to his appointment at Coppin State University, Professor Barnes taught at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Maryland; Baltimore City College High School, and Mount Zion Middle School and Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland; and Glen Dale Baptist Church School of Music in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Professor Barnes has created instrumental and vocal music programs for several communities in the city of Baltimore. 

Professor Barnes is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Member of International College Band Directors National Association, trumpeter’s guild, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Maryland Music Educators Association. 

Among a host of awards and accolades, Professor Barnes considers his students accomplishments his greatest reward as an educator. Under his mentorship, his students have gone on to successful careers as musicians, directors, teachers, performers, educators, recording artists, and managers. There is no greater gift than to see the fruits of your labor blossom and grow into something great and beautiful.

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