Professor of Music, Percussion
Head, Winds and Percussion
Gray Barrier, Professor of Music, received a BME degree from East Carolina University and a MM degree from Northwestern University, studying with Harold Jones and Terry Applebaum, respectively. During his time at Northwestern University, he served as timpanist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, studying timpani with Donald Koss, timpanist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Cloyd Duff, timpanist of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.
After leaving the Chicago area, Gray toured in 1974-75 with the national company of Godspell. After the tour, Mr. Barrier received his first university position at Louisiana Tech University where he taught percussion from 1975-1983.
Currently, Mr. Barrier is a Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the timpanist of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and performs on occasion with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Collins Orchestra on timpani and percussion. He is a member of the percussion section of the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Mr. Barrier was a member of the internationally known Summit Brass, touring and recording with the group from 1992 to 2001. He was involved in 83 performances covering tours in the United States, Germany and Austria. During this time, Mr. Barrier also served as percussionist with the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, touring and recording. The tours covered the United States and Japan.
In 2000 Mr. Barrier was named UNC Distinguished Scholar and was named CPVA College Scholar for the 2004-2005 academic year. Mr. Barrier currently serves as the Area Head of Winds and Percussion.