Kent Philip Baker
1986 – 1989 - Illinois State University, Music Education, studied Horn with Dr. Joseph Neisler and Composition with Dr. Roque Cordero
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-Present - George Mason University, Music Composition, studies Horn with Dr. Amy Horn, Studies Music Composition with Mark Camphouse
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 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
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
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
Member - American Composer's Forum
Member - Tau Sigma Honors Society
Represented by ASCAP