Jared Barnes

Jared Barnes Music

Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Educator

Works for Concert Band

The following is a listing of works for concert band.  Sample recordings of demos and live performances are available at https://soundcloud.com/jared-barnes-music.  If you are interested in performing a piece that is not currently in publication, please send a request using the "Contact" link above.

Adventum

This piece captures the anticipation, arrival, and celebration of the holidays through the use of sacred and secular carols alike.  The piece opens with a quiet setting of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," then continues with a colorful and energetic rendition of the "Ukrainian Bell Carol" before drawing to an exciting conclusion against a cacophony of ringing bells.


The piece was published by Alfred Music in their 2013-2014 catalog.  It was performed by the Grisham Middle School Honors Band at the 2013 Midwest Clinic.  You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.

Ascent

Featuring an energetic, almost always ascending melodic line, this engaging piece provides ensembles with a great flourish for the opening or closing of a concert program.  While the piece was written without a programmatic intent, the contrasting rhythmic and soaring melodies are likely to stir up images of an exciting trek through some of nature's challenging and beautiful landscapes.


This piece was completed in January 2016 and was premiered by the North Iowa Concert Band in April 2016, under the direction of John Klemas.

Beyond the Summit

Brimming with energy and anticipation from the opening, Beyond the Summit is a musical adventure which is sure to stir up images of some of nature's most majestic landscapes and mountain ranges.  The journey begins with a majestic call and response theme divided among the sections, chasing after one another.  Eventually, a lighter, yet still driving theme appears, signifying the discovery of a breathtaking view at the summit.  From there, the piece takes off once again, building with excitement all the way to the end, hinting that the adventure continues, or perhaps begins, "Beyond the Summit."


The piece was published by C.L. Barnhouse Company in their 2016-2017 catalog.  It was selected as an "Editors' Choice" by J.W. Pepper, and as a "Five Star Feature" by Stanton's Sheet Music.  You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at C.L. Barnhouse Company, or any other sheet music retailer.

Cattle Drive!

Work on this programmatic suite for concert band began in the fall of 2006, and was completed in August 2007.  The suite consists of three movements:

I. Roundup & Departure
II. Nightfall
III. Daybreak & Journey Onward

This piece was premiered in November 2007 by the North Iowa Concert Band, under the direction of John Klemas.

Freedom's March

The energy and pride of the American spirit is captured in this short form, encore style concert march. This early work was premiered in 2003 by the Newman High School Band. A revised version of the piece was premiered by the 2005 North Iowa Concert Band.

Hymn of Heroes

This piece began as a simple, somber melody in the days following September 11th, 2001, and was left at that for quite some time.  However, in the weeks, months, and even years that followed, different events or circumstances drew new bouts of inspiration and development for the work.  Over time, the piece began to take shape as a larger orchestrated work, drawing influence from the traditional "Americana" style of Aaron Copland.

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks and 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 2011, many memories and reflections helped lead to the conclusion of the piece in late 2011.  As a result, the piece has become a musical journey of reflection, response, and hope for the future, but most of all, it is a tribute to those who have served as first responders or as members of the armed forces.  It was premiered by the North Iowa Concert Band in April 2012, under the direction of John Klemas.

In the Bleak Midwinter

This uniquely expressive, yet simple setting of the traditional hymn tune by Gustav Holst was written between 2014-2015, receiving it's premiere performances by the Blemond-Klemme and Northwood-Kensett High School Bands in Iowa.

The piece utilizes an original recurring interlude, as well as an original bridge section to create a musical depiction of the evocative first stanza in Christina Rossetti's original poem.  The orchestration and musical treatment of the traditional melody is used to to communicate the emotions and meditations within the other verses of the classic Christmas poem and hymn.  Just as the original text concludes with a simple, yet moving introspective verse, this arrangement also concludes with a quiet, meditative final statement of the main melody.

Journey of the Magi

A sense of wonder, intrigue, and adventure are all captured in this unique setting of two traditional Wise Men carols.  The journey begins with a reflective, somewhat mysterious minor arrangement of "What Star is This?," which eventually gives way to an exciting, driving setting of "We Three Kings."  The piece builds to a triumphant climax with the majestic return of "What Star is This?" in its traditional major key.


This piece was premiered in December 2017 by the Northwood-Kensett and Aplington-Parkersburg High School Bands in Iowa.


It was published by Alfred Music in their 2020-2021 catalog.  You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.

The Lost Temple

The Lost Temple captures the intrigue of ancient legends, lost treasures, and adventures into the unknown.  A quiet, mysterious theme opens the piece, evoking images of a time and civilization gone by, eventually giving way to a driving adventure theme.  Soon, a sense of calm and wonder emerges, conjuring up images of the past.  However, hidden dangers reveal themselves, and a pursuit begins.  In heroic fashion, the adventure theme rises once again, leading to a triumphant flourish at the end of the musical journey.

This piece was commissioned in the fall of 2013 by the Clear Lake Middle School Band, in Clear Lake, Iowa, under the direction of Tammy Aberson-Hansen.  It was premiered in April of 2014.

It was performed by the Arbor Creek Middle School Honors Band at the 2017 Midwest Clinic.

The piece was published by Alfred Music in their 2017-2018 catalog, and was selected by J.W. Pepper as an "Editors' Choice."  It was also selected as a "Five Star Feature" by Stanton's Sheet Music, as a Bandworld Top 100 selection.  You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.

Our Brightest Days

This traditional march was commissioned for the 2016 Band Camp at Wartburg College, Dr. Craig A. Hancock, Director, in honor of the camp's 20th anniversary.

Opera-esque

This piece was commissioned by the Wartburg College Concert Bands, in honor of Dr. Robert E. Lee, Director of Bands Emeritus.  Dr. Lee's appreciation for both marches and opera was well known, in particular his appreciation for the music from the opera Lohengrin, by Richard Wagner.  To honor both of these genres, this lighthearted march incorporates moments of "drama" by offering brief quotations of themes from Lohengrin, including snippets from "Prelude to Act Three," and "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral."

Spearfish Canyon

Enjoy a musical journey through this beautiful section of the Black Hills National Forest.  From the bold chords of the opening statement to the lush, shifting harmonic progressions, this piece captures the grandeur of the canyon's majestic mountains, as well as the winding waters and trickling falls of Spearfish Creek.  A serene, lyrical theme emerges to depict the breathtaking views of the valleys from the mountain trails.  A call of the opening theme builds across the ensemble, signaling a return to the trek, and leading the canyon adventure to an exciting close.


The piece was published by Alfred Music in their 2018-2019 catalog, and was selected by J.W. Pepper as an "Editors' Choice."  It was also selected as a "Five Star Feature" by Stanton's Sheet Music.  You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.

To Build a Dream

To Build a Dream was commissioned by the Algona 5th & 6th Grade Bands, directed by Dianne Aboud, to commemorate the opening of the Wilcox Performing Arts Center in Algona, Iowa.  This fanfare for young band celebrates the spirit of creation from the moment of inspiration to the celebration of completion.  The piece begins with a flourish depicting the "aha!" moment of inspiration, followed by a strong theme of determination and perseverance.  A reflective theme appears halfway through, before giving way to the main theme once again, this time in a spirit of celebration.

This piece was published by Alfred Music in 2019, and was named an "Editors' Choice" by J.W. Pepper.  You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.

Treasure Quest

With the musical call of, "Land, ho!" echoing across the band, Treasure Quest's tale of pirates, buried treasure, and battle is underway!  Written in rondo form, a strong, driving pirate theme serves as the main theme throughout the piece, and surrounds two contrasting sections.  The first contrasting section features a serene treasure theme introduced by the woodwinds.  The second contrasting section features a "battle" across the band as different sections call and respond to one another, building into an exciting final statement of the main theme.  This piece is ideal for a late 5th Grade / early 6th Grade performance as it features unique sectional parts, emphasizing independence of parts.


The piece was published by Alfred Music in their 2017-2018 catalog, and was selected by J.W. Pepper as an "Editors' Choice."  You can find a sample recording and purchase a copy at Alfred Music, or any other sheet music retailer.

 
 

Vocal Works

The following is a listing of works for concert choir.  Select sample recordings of demos and live performances are available at https://soundcloud.com/jared-barnes-music.

God, My Shepherd (SATB)

God, My Shepherd began as a simple church hymn in the spring of 2007, but was soon arranged for full choir, with piano, violin, and clarinet accompaniment.  The piece is based on the Gospel story of "The Good Shepherd," John 10.

The choral arrangement of the piece was premiered by members of the Wartburg College Class of 2007, in May of 2007.  The piece has also enjoyed other performances in Iowa, Illinois, and New York.

This piece is currently unpublished.

Psalm 111: How Great are the Works of the Lord

This musical setting of Psalm 111 (vs. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) was written for a special Mass in the fall of 2013.  It is written for solo voice and piano, with optional chorus, guitar, and bass.