Dr. Walter Barr holds degrees in Music, Music Performance and Music Education from Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and post-doctoral work at the Eastman School of Music. His academic career includes teaching posts at Arizona State University, Morehead State University (Ky.) The University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State College of Denver where he is a Professor Emeritus of Music.
His performance credentials include work with Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme, Michelle LeGrand, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Michel Legrand plus many others. He has conducted for Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terence Blanchard, Bobby Shew, Jon Faddis, Clare Fischer and Clark Terry. In addition to his professional performance activities, Walter is an active Artist/Clinician for Bach Trumpets.
His current activities include performing as co-leader of Salsa Con Jazz, an eleven piece Latin jazz-salsa group based in Denver, Colorado.
2018 Festival Dates
Choral: April 24 – April 27, 2018Jazz Band: April 28 – April 29, 2018Concert Band: April 30 – May 3, 2018