Gary D. Barton

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Gary Barton holds degrees from the University of Louisiana – Monroe and Indiana University.  He retired in 2014 from the La Porte, Texas Independent School District.  His thirty-seven years of teaching included positions in   Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Arkansas.  In addition, Mr. Barton served as an Adjunct Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba at Arkansas State University for five years.  He served as a member of the faculty of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic for High School Students for twenty-five years.  Mr. Barton is a past-president of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association and a past Second Vice-President of the National Band Association.

Mr. Barton has been published in The Instrumentalist, The Texas Bandmasters Association Review, The California Music Educators Sonata, The Leblanc Bell, British Columbia Band Talk, Conn-Selmer Keynotes, The NBA Journal, and in Spanish at He is also an author in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, published by GIA Music.

Mr. Barton is currently a member of the NBA Hall of Fame Board of Electors as well as the 2014-2016 NBA Board of Directors.  He was the 1996 Baker Campus Teacher of the Year and was a 1998 inductee into the Band World Magazine Legion of Honor.  Mr. Barton holds memberships in Phi Beta Mu, the American School Band Directors Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Association of Concert Bands, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.  Mr. Barton has made presentations on the campuses of Kansas State University, Marshall University (WV), Plymouth State University (NH), Mississippi State University, Georgia Southern University, Henderson State University (AR), and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.