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Ralph G Barrett

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Assistant Professor
(757) 575-3295
(919) 530-7540
321 C. Ruth Edwards Music Hall


NCCU Faculty Senate Chair-Elect (7/2020)
NCCU Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Instructor: Conducting; Arranging; World Music; Popular Music
Title III Program Primary Investigator
Department Assessment Coordinator
CAS Curriculum Committee
Student Conduct Committee
Title IX Advisory Committee
Department Facilities Supervisor



Ralph G. Barrett is Assistant Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University. A native of the Philadelphia, PA area, Dr. Barrett holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from The University of South Carolina, a Master of Music in conducting from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Millersville University, Millersville, PA. Dr. Barrett is a retired U.S. Navy Musician and Band Officer, and a veteran of 28 years of enlisted and officer service. Dr. Barrett's performing and recording credits include; principal percussionist and tympanist with Gateways Festival Orchestra and Colour of Music Orchestra; the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Honolulu Symphony Orchestra; Natalie Cole, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Jim Nabors; and The Washington Winds. He has guest conducted instrumental ensembles nationally, and has been a featured adjudicator for North American Music Festivals. Dr. Barrett's military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society, and was elected to the Upper Moreland High School, Willow Grove, PA, Alumni Hall of Fame. He has been an active lay leader with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Prior to arriving at NCCU, Dr. Barrett served as an adjunct professor of music at Benedict College, Columbia, SC

Research Interests

Conducting/Conducting Pedagogy
James Reese Europe/Instrumental Ragtime
Western Percussion
World Drumming


DMA University of South Carolina 2013
MMU Northwestern University 1996
BSED Millersville University 1978


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Selected Publications

1. Barrett, R. G. (1994, August/September). “The United States Navy Steel Band: ‘Admiral Dan’s Pandemoniacs’ and Beyond.” . Pan-Lime, 1.
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