Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes is a pianist/keyboardist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis Air Force Base, CA. He has performed with Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Rock Bands while at Travis.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, his Air Force career began in 2006 with the United States Band of the Air Force Reserve based at Robins AFB, Warner Robins, GA.
Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes is a 1999 graduate of Winthrop University Conservatory of Music in Rock Hill, SC, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano. His teachers include Dr. Eugene Barben and Dr. Carolyn Quinn. Prior to enlisting in the Air Force, Staff Sergeant Barnes served as Artist in Residence at Radisson Grand Resort in Charlotte, N.C. for five years, accompanist for the Inspirational Television Network for three years, and Music Director for multiple churches in and around the city of Charlotte. He has also served the community as professor of private piano instruction with Trinity Christian Academy as well as his home studio. In his spare time, Sgt. Barnes has completed 12 solo piano recordings. He also served as pianist for Nordstrom in both Charlotte and Atlanta stores. Sgt. Barnes has also performed at the White House for private events for two consecutive holiday seasons.
During his AF career, he has performed with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Sandi Patti, Take Six, Amy Grant, Wynonna Judd, Gene Simmons, and Aaron Neville to name just a few. Sgt. Barnes has deployed twice in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE, entertaining troops at numerous forward operating bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan and supporting embassy and community relations performances in Bahrain, Tajikistan, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, and Kyrgyzstan.
1999 - Bachelors of Art/Music
2013 - USAF Airman Leadership School
2013 - CCAF Degree in Applied Science/Music
1. February 2006 - September 2008, Pianist, Band of the Air Force Reserve, Robins AFB, GA
2. September 2008 - December 2011, Singing Sergeants & Concert Band Pianist, The United States Air Force Band, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
3. January 2012 – May 2016, Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
4. May 2016 – February 2021 present, USAFE Band, Ramstein AB, Germany
5. Feb 2021 – present, Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with oak leaf cluster
2012 - Musician of the Quarter, Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class – March 2006
Senior Airman- March 2008
Technical Sergeant (Premiere Band) – September 2009
Staff Sergeant - April 2007