"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 band room was educational, inspirational, and just flat out cool for my band kids!"
- Monica L., Band Director, Mt. Juliet, TN
"Adrian is a master teacher, performer, clinician, and presenter. His clinics are not only fun and engaging, they are also very inspiring and motivational. He is able to reach all levels of ability and attitude and students leave his clinics knowing more not only about music, but about themselves. Additionally, Adrian is a complete professional, and always presents valuable information not just about woodwinds, but about concepts and processes. He is an extremely versatile musician that has the ability to reach all students of all instruments, not just of the woodwind family.” - Frank Z., Antioch HS
“I loved Adrian's presentation. As an educator of over 35 years, I have seen many clinics and presentations and Adrian’s was one of the best. His relatability to the students, his positive attitude, and access to many outlets in music was even inspiring to me.”
- Greg S., Antioch HS
From the Students:
“Dr. Adrian is very inspiring! He makes me want to practice more than ever before after hearing him speak about his life in music.”
- Destinee, 10th Grade
“Dr. Barnett is very charismatic and easy to talk to. His relatability as both a musician and educator allows for him to have a very ‘easy to talk to' attitude and I felt that I was very comfortable asking him about his career and how he got to this point. I definitely see Dr. Barnett as a role-model to students like myself that have attainable goals, we just need motivators like Dr. Barnett in our lives.”
- Maria, 12th Grade