Dan Barrett

Teaching Areas

  • Applied Trombone/Low Brass
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Jazz Theory and Chamber Jazz


Dr. Dan Barrett teaches low brass instruments, music theory, and jazz courses at the University of Maine. He enjoys playing and performing around the state and working with the excellent low brass students at the University of Maine. He also leads the Maine Trombone Collective and the Maine Brass Guild, two large ensembles that perform throughout the state. His career has included performances with the Utah Symphony, the Bangor Symphony, the Boston Brass and many other ensembles, as well as solo performances with the Carson City Symphony, the University of Maine Symphonic Band, the University of Maine Farmington Concert Band, the Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra, the Utah Premiere Brass Band, and as a guest artist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C. He has been privileged to perform with several great jazz musicians including Bob Mintzer, Conrad Herwig, Andy Martin, John Fedchock, Thomas Gansch, Ingrid Jensen, Phil Markowitz, Eric Marienthal, and Byron Stripling. He was a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Brass Solo and Chamber Music competitions. Dr. Barrett performs often with the Brian Nadeau Big Band, the Jump City Jazz Band, Jay Bregman’s Swingmatism quintet, the Stone Doctors and other local groups. He also teaches trombone and directs a jazz ensemble at the Maine Summer Youth Music camp. He is the author of Solo Training for Trombone, a book of exercises based on standard solo repertoire for high school and college students, published by Mountain Peak Music.

Dr. Barrett attended the University of Nevada, Reno and Brigham Young University, where he received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in trombone performance. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University where his doctoral research focused on the music of Daniel Schnyder. When not involved in music, he is usually playing ball, wandering in the woods, or sledding with his sons, Cole, Andrew, and Grant, and his wife, Ann.