BLUE KNIGHTS STAFF – James Barnes (Tuba Instructor)
James Barnes is a Tuba instructor for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. James is the Director of Bands at Collierville High School in Collierville, TN. Prior to his appointment at Collierville, he spent three years as the Director of Bands at Blythewood High School in Columbia, SC.
Under his direction, the bands at Blythewood received consistent superior ratings in Concert Band, Marching Band and Solo and Ensemble. In 2017, The Blythewood Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the South Carolina Music Educator’s Conference. They were also selected to be a featured ensemble at the 2017 University of South Carolina Honor Band Clinic. The Blue Legion has been a consistent South Carolina State Finalist and has finished in the top five since 2014. They were Lower-State Champions and received the high music award at the 2016 SCBDA State Finals. The Blue Legion attended the Bands of America Indianapolis Super-Regional and placed twentieth out of fifty-seven bands and were fifth over-all in their class.
While receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, his passion for the marching arts led him to being involved in Drum Corps International. He served on the brass staff at Music City Drum and Bugle Corps four years. He was appointed Brass Caption Head in 2012 and helped lead the corps into Drum Corps International Semi-Finals for the first time in corps history.
James is a member of National Association for Music Educators and the West Tennessee Band Director’s Association. James also served on the executive board for the Palmetto Concert Band which performed at the Midwest Orchestra and Band Clinic in 2016.