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Chris Barber

Owasso Public Schools
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Chris Barber has been on staff at Owasso High School as assistant band director and percussion coordinator since 1996. Through the years he has conducted 7th grade bands, high school concert bands, and the 6th and 7th grade percussion classes.  Under his direction, his bands were consistently awarded superior ratings.  In the fall, Mr. Barber coordinates the competitive drum line and front ensemble for the Pride of Owasso Marching Band, and in the spring he conducts the percussion ensembles and steel drum band.  The Owasso percussion ensembles have performed numerous times at the Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society's "Day of Percussion" and the Arkansas Percussive Arts Society Convention.  Mr. Barber keeps an active private percussion studio in which his students have been selected to the Oklahoma All-State Band or Orchestra over 50 times in the last 16 years. 

Mr. Barber is a native of Dalhart, Texas and graduated with honors from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in 1994 and 1996, respectively.  He is currently completing his doctoral coursework at the University of Oklahoma in Music Education where he is focusing on assessment in music education.  His professional affiliations include the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, the Nation Association for Music Education, the Collegiate Music Society, the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, and he is a past president of the Oklahoma chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.  Mr. Barber is a RAMP artist for Evans drumheads as well as an Innovative Percussion Artist Educator.  He currently lives in Tulsa with his wife Jo Anna and daughter Dora Marie.