Adrian is available for clinics and guest artist appearances.  If you would like to bring Adrian to your school please send an email to

Adrian earned both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in
Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2006. In 2008 he earned a Master of Music (M.M.) in Saxophone Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  After receiving his M.M., he returned to
Minnesota State University, Mankato as part of the music faculty acting as Interim Director of Jazz Studies for the 2008-2009 academic year.  Adrian is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has studied with Chip McNeill and Glenn Wilson.  In 2011 Adrian won a Downbeat Award in the Jazz Soloist category for his performance on the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band album “Freeplay.” 

Adrian has shared the stage with Dave Barnes, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Dynamo, Pete Christlieb, Escort, Tom Garling, Kirk Garrison, Nachito Herrera, The Hornheads, The Jack Brass Band, Kevin Mahogany, Andy Martin, Nashville Composer Collective, Jim Snidero, Spoon, Sun Stereo, The Tempations, Fred Wesley, Glenn Wilson, Jim Widner, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, and many more.

Active not only as a performer, Adrian continues to be involved with music education. He has taught lessons at every level, from beginning band students to advanced music majors. His students have gone on to participate in All-State Jazz and Concert Band ensembles, pursue music majors at universities, have successful careers as music educators, and perform professionally. He has worked as an assistant director and head percussion instructor for marching programs, directed small and large ensembles, written music for a variety of ensembles, given numerous clinics and guest artist appearances, adjudicated festivals, is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Vandoren Artist, a Hercules Stands Artist, and an active clinician. Adrian currently teaches saxophone and arranging at Tennessee State University, applied woodwind lessons at Nashville State Community College,  and maintains a private woodwind lesson studio.

Clinics and Guest Artist info...

"What a great performance!  What a fine performer!  Further, he is an educator who connects on and off the stage with kids and adults in a very real way...he made an effort to really connect with my students after the performance. They were tickled to visit with Adrian and he dealt handily with the throng of new jazz fans that rushed him after the concert.  He has a great "bedside manor" with both kids and adults and exudes a love of Jazz and live music performance. I watched Adrian reach the audience with his performance energy and his natural charisma. He's literally a "Pied Piper" creating new fans of Jazz wherever he performs."
- Dave S., Band Director, St. James, MN

​"I truly believe Adrian's visit to the Mt. Juliet MS band room was educational, inspirational, and just flat out cool for my band kids!"
- Monica L., Band Director, Mt. Juliet, TN


Award winning baritone saxophonist Adrian Barnett has
performed all across the nation at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Lollapalooza.  He has been a featured
soloist with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, concert wind ensembles, and touring rock groups.