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School of Rock Montclair Adds Veteran Musician to the Staff Roster


MONTCLAIR, NJ - School of Rock Montclair has recently added a new addition to their staff roster. Highly acclaimed NYC session and touring musician, Bassist Chris Barnett, will join the teaching staff at School of Rock Montclair (SoR).

Barnett, a 2011 graduate of Montclair State University’s music program, will teach bass, drums, guitar, and music theory in individual lessons with the SoR Montclair students. He will also work with the School’s Rock Rookies and Rock 101 programs for students ages 6 to 11 years old and is the co-director of the School’s House Band program for its teen students.

“I discovered SoR Montclair a year ago,” says Barnett.  “I performed in a show that was a fundraiser for the late faculty member Kevin Parker, and I was very impressed by how hard the students were working and enjoying the experience of live performance. It was very exciting to say the least.”

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Barnett has performed on American stages with a who’s who of gospel stars, including Grammy-nominated singer Dorothy Norwood; Grammy, Dove, and Stellar award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Fred Hammond; and Grammy and Dove award-winning recording artist and TV/radio host Bobby Jones.  He’s also toured Europe with Berlin-based Donna Brown & the Golden Gospel Pearls.

Currently, Barnett is working with the Mama Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit fine arts program based in Harlem, NY that offers free music and theater training to inner city youth.  On Sundays, he’s part of the Gospel Brunch band at Red Rooster Harlem, which is owned and operated by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

“What’s most appealing about School of Rock is to be able to develop and educate young aspiring artists in music performance,” says Barnett, who’s currently in the studio recording an album of original gospel material with his band.  “The School is a place where students are not only given tangible tools on how to become better performers but also quality instruction from exceptional music educators, and I’m grateful to be a part of the team.”


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