Kent Philip Baker

Kent Baker Resume

Educational History

1995 - Basic Military Training – The USAF, Lackland AFB, TX Graduate

2000 - NCO Academy – The USAF, Tyndall AFB, FL, Honor Graduate

2004 - FEMA Certificates in Disaster Preparedness, Radiological Disaster Preparedness, and Chemical Disaster Preparedness

2019-2021 - Graduate, George Mason University, B.A. in Music and Minor in History. Studied Horn with Dr. Amy Horn, Studies Music Composition with Mark Camphouse

2021-Present - Attending the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, M.M. in Music Composition. Expected graduation date May 2023


Teaching History (abridged)

1988-2008 - Staff, Normal Community HS, Normal, IL, BOA Regional Finalist and Class Champion, Drill/Music Designer, Brass Caption Head, Visual Tech, George York, Supervisor

1990-1995 - Director of Bands, Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, IL, Illinois State Concert Band Invitational Finalist, Joy Allen, Supervisor

1991-1996 - Music Theory Faculty, Music for All Summer Symposium, Concert Band Track, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

1992-1994 - Brass Staff, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Rosemont, IL, DCI Champions, Gordon Henderson/Jeff Fiedler, Supervisors

1995-2002 - Staff, Normal West HS, Normal, IL, BOA Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist, BOA Regional Finalist and Class Champion, Drill/Music Designer, Lisa Preston, Supervisor

2004-Present - Program Coordinator, James Madison HS, Vienna, VA, Drill/Music Designer, BOA Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist, BOA Regional Champion, Finalist, and Class Champion, VA State Champions 2018 and 2019, Music Caption Head, Visual Tech, Michael Hackbarth, Supervisor

2016 - Guest Lecturer in Music Composition, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

2014-2016 - Visual Staff, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Allentown, PA, DCI Bronze Medalist and Finalist, Austin Greene, Supervisor


Performance History (abridged)

1983-1985 - Carbondale/SIU Civic Orchestra, Principal Horn, Dr. Michael Haines, Conductor


1988-1995 - Peoria Symphony Orchestra, 3rd Horn, Dr. William Wilson, Conductor

1995-2018 - The United States Air Force Band, Horn, Composition, Asst. Drum Major, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC, Col. Dennis Layendecker/Col. Larry Lang, Commanders and Conductors

1996-2003 - The Arlington Players, Horn, Gary Mead, Director

1998-2000 - Capitol Wind Symphony, Asst. Principal Horn, Northern VA

2001-Present - The Quintessential Brass Quintet, Springfield, VA, Horn, Arranger

2002-Present - The Beltway Brass, Fredericksburg, VA, Horn, Arranger

2019-Present - Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, 2nd Horn, Woodbridge, VA


Design History (abridged)

Drill/Staging Designer: (Band) James Madison HS, VA***, South Lakes HS, VA*, Normal Community HS, IL**, Normal West HS, IL***, Thomas Jefferson HS, VA*, Oakton HS, VA, Chantilly HS, VA*, (Percussion) Francis Howell Central, MO##, Chantilly HS, VA##, (Guard), Normal Comm. HS, IL##, Normal West HS, IL#, James Madison HS, VA#, Illinois State University, IL

Music Designer (Winds), James Madison HS, VA**, O’Fallon Township HS, IL**, Chantilly HS, VA**, South Lakes HS, VA*, Thomas Jefferson HS, VA*, Normal West HS, IL***, Normal Community HS, IL**, Connor HS, KY*, Oakton HS, VA, South Lakes HS, VA* (Perc) Sanderson HS, NC, McDonough HS, MD

Guard Designer: Images Winter Guard (Normal Community HS), IL##^^, Normal West Winter Guard, Normal, IL, Thomas Jefferson HS, VA, Danville HS, IL#, Illinois State University, IL, Paxton-Buckley-Loda HS, IL,, Harrisonburg HS, IL

Military Design: Drill design for Tattoo Ceremonies, Flash Mob, staging and logistics, The USAF Band, 2014-present


***BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist

**BOA Regional Class Champion

*BOA Regional Finalist

##WGI Regional Champion

#WGI Regional Finalist

^WGI Finalist

^^WGI Finalist and Bronze Medalist


Recent Compositions and Composition Competition Winners (abridged)

Four Short Pieces - For Flute and Horn, commissioned by Tara Islas and Amy Horn of The McLean Orchestra, premiered March, 2015.

Wichita Falls, After the Rain - Composed for the Musica Merida (Yucatan, Mexico) Composition Competition, Winner of the 2015 Composition Competition, premiered July, 2016.

75.29.30 - Composed for the 75 Anniversary of The USAF Band, premiered August, 2016, by The USAF Band Ceremonial Brass, Winner, The USAF Media Competition, Large Ensemble.


The Tannhauser Gate - Composed for the Dallas Winds, premiered July, 2017, Winner, 2016 Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition.

On the Evening Horizon - Commissioned for Euphonium Soloist Brandon Jones, premiered April, 2017 by the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic.

In Pursuit - Commissioned by Oboe Soloist Tracey McDonald and The USAF Band, premiered by The USAF Band Symphony Orchestra, June, 2016, and The USAF Band Concert Band, March, 2017.

The Eternity Gate - Commissioned for Barclay Brass, MD, premiered August, 2017.

 Winner in the 2017 Dallas Winds Fanfare Composition Competition.

The Bearer of Evil Tidings - Winner of the 2017 15 Minutes of Fame Composition Contest and the 2020 reNEW Music Micro-Commission.

The Common Good - Composed for Bay Colony Brass, MA, premiered March 2018, - Winner, Colony Bay Brass Composition Competition.

Sonata for Tuba and Piano - Composed for Dr. Ryan Robinson, Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, Oklahoma City University, OK, premiered April 2018.


Symphony #1 "Seneca Falls," - Composed for the Grand Valley State University Wind Ensemble, commissioned from winning the Grand Valley State University Composition Competition, premiered April, 2019.

The Lion's Gate - Composed for the George Mason University Symphonic Band, John Kilkenny, Conductor, premieres February 25th, 2020.

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave - Composed for the Dallas Winds,  (premiere postponed), Winner, 2019 and 2020 Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition.

Archetypes - Finalist in the 2020 North State Symphony "Beethoven Idol" Composition Contest, Scott Seaton, Director.

Scenes from an American Childhood - Winner of the 2020 District New Music Call for Scores, premiered September 28th, 2020.

Machine - for Horn and Synthesizer, submission to the 2020 International Horn Society Composition Competition.

Divi Augustus - for SATB Acapella Choir, submission to the 2020 Kings Singers Choral Composition Competition.


It Was Bound to Rain - for SATB Choir and Piano, submission to the 2020 Rachel Moore Choral Composition Competition.

Sonata for Flute and Piano - for Samantha Clarke

Sinfonietta for String Orchestra - Commissioned by the Edwardsville Symphony Orchestra, Edwardsville, IL

Boreal Moonrise for Woodwind Quintet - composed with Tara Islas

Composition Consortiums


2020 - Carolina Chamber Consortium, Charlotte, NC, Joshua Potter, Providence High School, Supervisor

2020 - Fairfax County Virtual Consortium, Fairfax County, VA Michael Hackbarth, James Madison High School, Supervisor

Judging Experience (abridged)

1988-1991 - Drum Corps Midwest, Visual, Guard, Tom Colla, Supervisor

1999-Present - Atlantic Indoor Association, VA/NC, (Guard) Design Analysis and General Effect (Percussion) Visual, Effect Visual, Effect Music, Doug Casteen and Daniel Valadie, Supervisors.

2007 - Winter Guard International, Percussion Visual Analysis

2014-Present - Atlantic Indoor Association Percussion Judges' Advisory Board

2016-Present -  Virginia Marching Band Cooperative, Music, Effect, Visual, Doug Casteen, Supervisor


2017- 2019 - WGI Winds Judge


2019-Present - Atlantic Indoor Association Percussion Judges' Coordinator


Publications (abridged)

Fall 1990 - “Programming in the Pageantry Arts,” Today’s Music Educator, Dr. Rosalie Sward, Editor (with Keith Baker)

Spring 2001 - AFMAN 35-106, Ceremonial Music (USAF), the single source for the use of music in USAF Ceremonies

Aug 2007 - “A System of Inequality,” School Band and Orchestra, also used as an educational tool for the Judging Academy

Fall 2017 - “Process Improvements in the Pageantry Arts,” Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Newsletter

Fall 2020 - "Never Alone," Poem published by Eber and Wein in the Fall of 2020

October 2020 - "Hearts and Minds," Poem published by NoVa Bards, Chantilly, VA



2020 - The Westben Composer/Performer Residency, Campbellford, Ontario, Canada

Professional Organizations

Member - American Composer's Forum


Member - Tau Sigma Honors Society

Represented by ASCAP


Mark Camphouse

Woodbridge, VA​

Phone available upon request

Email available upon request

Conductor and Director of the George Mason University Wind Symphony

Composition Faculty, Reva and Syd Dewberry Family School of Music, Fairfax, VA


Doug Casteen

Richmond, VA

Phone available upon request

Email available upon request

Atlantic Indoor Association former Guard Judges' Coordinator, 1998-2019

Winter Guard International Winds Judge, 2015-Present

Winter Guard International Color Guard Judge, 2001-2013

Austin Greene

Raleigh, NC

Phone available upon request

Email available upon request

Winter Guard International Percussion Judge

Blue Knights Education Director and Visual Staff 2018-Present

Former Drum Corps International Visual Judge 2017

The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps Visual Caption Head, 2013-2015

Dr. Dennis Layendecker

Burke, VA

Phone available upon request

Email available upon request

Colonel (Ret.), The United States Air Force Band, Commander and Conductor

Music Faculty, Heritage Chair in Music

Reva and Syd Dewberry Family School of Music, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

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