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Chris Barnes


Chris Barnes is a full-time professional trumpet instructor and player known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His incredible talent makes him in high demand as an extremely versatile freelance musician.  Chris’ flexibility allows him to cross over a variety of styles, so on any given day he is performing in the pit of a Broadway show, leading the brass section of a symphony orchestra, playing lead in a jazz big band or doing dance steps with a rock band.  He frequently performs with national touring acts, at concerts, festivals, churches, weddings and corporate events.  Chris’ performance versatility also keeps him in high demand as a recording musician. His extensive education in music was earned at California State University, Hayward, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as countless hours of real world experience.

Lessons_v1He is as passionate about mentoring young players as he is about performing.  Chris has taught in the East Bay for many years where he’s maintained a full load of students weekly with ages ranging from nine to seventy-nine and professionally for over twenty years.  Lessons are available for beginners and seasoned pros. Several of his students are principal players in their school ensembles, and many have been accepted into local and state honor groups.  Chris frequently assists as trumpet coach for schools and youth ensembles, and frequently gives workshops throughout the Bay Area.

If you’re ready to take your trumpet playing seriously, you’ll be thrilled to work with Chris just as much as he is to work with you.

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Mark K.
San Ramon, CA

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Linda K.
Dublin, CA

"It was about time for the Tri-Valley to get a really top-notch music store.  I have been going to JAMS Music for a little over 2 years, and the place gets better every time I go in...I am a very happy and satisfied customer, and recommend JAMS Music to all my musician friends.  It an absolutely wonderful and friendly environment, and they are very easy to do business with.  

Gail E.
Livermore, CA

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Steve B.
San Ramon, CA

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Ripon, CA