Kent Baker graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and is attending the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in pursuit of a M.M. in Music Composition. He is the Program Coordinator, Arranger, and Wind Caption Head for the James Madison High School Marching Band, a 20-time Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Finalist, a 5-time Bands of America Regional Class Champion, and a Bands of America Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist. He was the Executive Director of Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashville, TN, DCI's newest World Class corps. Until recently, he was a composer, Assistant Drum Major, and hornist for The United States Air Force Band, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC for 23 years. Kent's works have been featured fifteen times on NBC's The Today Show, Fox & Friends, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Twilight Tattoos, The USAF Band 75th Anniversary Concert, Kennedy Center Honors, and recently performed by the Dallas Winds (TX), Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic (OK), Quintessential Brass Quintet (VA), and Barclay Brass (MD). He has received recent commissions from members of The McLean Orchestra, euphoniumist Brandon Jones, trumpeter Michael Brest, and tubist Dr. Ryan Robinson.
Kent performed for 23 years with The USAF Band (DC). He has also performed with the Fairfax Wind Symphony (VA), Peoria Symphony Orchestra (IL), Prince George's Symphony Orchestra (MD), The Arlington Players (VA), and currently performs with the Quintessential Brass Quintet (VA), the Beltway Brass (VA), and the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra (VA).
Kent's works have won numerous awards, including recent winners The Eternity Gate, The Tannhauser Gate, and Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, winners of the 2016, 2017, and 2019 Dallas Winds (TX) Fanfare Composition Competition, The Common Good, winner of Bay Colony Brass' (MA) Composition Competition, Wichita Falls, After the Rain, winner in the Musica Merida (Mexico) Composition Competition, Symphony #1 "Seneca Falls" winner in the Grand Valley State University (MI) Composition Competition, and 75.29.30, a winner in the United States Air Force Media Contest (DC), Large Ensemble Category. Kent has written for Barclay Brass (DC), Oklahoma City University (OK), George Mason University (VA), and Mississippi State University (MI). His works God Bless America for brass and percussion ensemble and In Pursuit for solo oboe and wind ensemble have been included on USAF Band CD Projects Home of the Brave and Breaking Barriers. He is in residence at the Westben Composer/Performer Residency in Ontario, Canada in 2020, and he is a finalist in the North State Symphony "Beethoven Idol" Composition Contest for 2020. Kent is a member of the American Composer's Forum, Tau Sigma Honors Society and is represented by ASCAP.