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Bobby Barnes

Teaching music for over 65 years


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Bobby has always been a cool guy. He’s always getting on us about practicing and knowing our parts, but we don’t mind. Lol

He shows tough love at times and we think it’s funny and cool. It’s always fun when he’s around and we love him! 😉

The Kids Choir Band

“The more you know, the more you blow”

“Everything Is Beautiful”

Everything is beautiful in the world of music, that’s Bobby’s philosophy. Formally a teacher of “Jazz Improvisation” at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, Bobby’s life is surrounded by music as is yours.

Just think about it; there is almost no place in your life where music is not. It’s a 100% natural mood-altering experience. It’s exciting, it’s calming, it’s soothing, and it’s relaxing. You awaken to the music on your alarm clock, you listen to music throughout the day on the radio, on TV, and in the movies, then you use music to relax you and put you to sleep at night. Music is so much a part of the fabric of our lives we don’t even notice it-it’s like our second skin.

And there is no better person to share music with you than Bobby Barnes. Whether it’s playing it for you in nightclub, restaurant, convention, wedding birthday party or any special occasion, or teaching music to you or your children.

Bobby often says “We can make a part of our kids life better, by making music a better part of our kids life.”

Bobby offers private one on one lessons for adults and kids alike, from the beginner to the professional. So when music is of question, Bobby Barnes is the answer


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About Bobby

Bobby Barnes hails from Detroit, the “Motor City,” and the music city of “Motown”. As a young man growing up, Detroit was a haven for some of the worlds most outstanding Jazz musicians, affording Bobby the opportunity and good fortune to play with, and learn from the very the best.

Bobby began his illustrious music career in 1946 playing the Clarinet in school, which eventually lead him to master many of the woodwind instruments, such as the soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, in addition to the flute and piccolo. In 1952 Bobby was drafted into the United States Army. After basic training, he auditioned and was accepted to play in the US Army Band. Being stationed in Berlin, Germany, Bobby was able to further his musical training with what was considered by some to be the best musicians in the world, members of the German Symphony Orchestra.

Bobby eventually formed his own band, whose original members now reads like a “who’s who” in Jazz. As luck would have it, Bobby was a neighbor with piano virtuoso, Sir Roland Hanna, who would sneak in Bobby’s window to play the piano, and later went on to play with Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and Thad Jones & Mel Lewis.

Bobby happens to be a schoolmate of Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Donald Byrd, who was also a member of his band. If those two Jazz greats alone wasn’t enough, the band also included, Gene Taylor, former bassist with Horace Silver, alto saxophonist, Sonny Red, who became a featured player with Donald Byrd, Kenny Dorham, Barry Harris, and Yusef Lateef, trombonist, Claude Black, along with two well known local musicians, Charles King and Gene Brown on drums.

Understanding that music was all about playing your instrument and training, Bobby went on to train and perform with some of the best that Jazz had to offer. Bobby studied with two of the most acclaimed Jazz musicians in the business, Yusef Lateef, who later played with Charles Mingus, Donald Byrd and Cannonball Adderley, and Joe Henderson, who played with Jack McDuff, Kenny Dorham, Horace Silver, and Herbie Hancock.

Bobby has also graced the stage with the likes of, trombonist, Curtis Fuller, (Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Art Blakey), guitarist,Kenny Burrell, (Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones), bassist, Paul Chambers, (Miles Davis, John Coltrane, J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding, Bud Powell, Freddie Hubbard, bassist, Doug Watkins, (James Moody, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus), and pianist, Barry Harris, (Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Yusef Lateef, Hank Mobley, Coleman Hawkins) to name a few.


Curtis Fuller

Curtis Fuller


Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd


Sir Roland Hanna

Sir Roland Hanna


More Testimonials

Calvin Brooks

Calvin Brooks

Jazz Guitarist

It’s been a pleasure to know Bobby as a personal friend and as a musician. There’s no one else like him anywhere.

Ronnie Foster

Ronnie Foster

Jazz Pianist

Bobby is one of if not my favorite teachers over the years. He’s a fun loving and caring person. I always look him up when I’m performing in Vegas.

Alejandro Czeisler

Alejandro Czeisler

Jazz Enthuiaist

Bobby is like a father to me. He and his family have adopted me into their home. Any chance I get to see him perform – I’m there! Best of luck Bobby!

Iva Harris

Iva Harris


I’ve been Bobby’s student for some time now. Love his teaching methods and since of humor. I look forward to our lessons together every week.

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