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Barrett Seals



What do you love about music?
I love the ability to express emotions through music as well as the way that music can bring people together.

Who is your favorite artist?
Chris Thiele

What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin – Zukerman and Killmer, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Bach Sonatas and Partitas – Chris Thiele
Fantasies and Partitas – Alex Klein
Nancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley – Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley
Mahler Symphony 1 – Chicago Sym, Solti

Do you play in a band or currently perform?
21 years in the United States Coast Guard Band, currently retired and freelancing around the country.



Barrett Seals served as solo English horn and oboist in the United States Coast Guard Band for 21 years and served in the Coast Guard Band Woodwind Quintet for seven years. He has been featured frequently as a soloist and premiered numerous works for English horn and concert bands. His performances with the Coast Guard Band have taken him to Japan, Taiwan, and across the US. He has performed for every president since Bill Clinton, for members of Congress, and at state funerals of three presidents. Barrett has performed with the Eastern Connecticut, Cape, Garland, Las Colinas, Irving, Sherman, and American wind symphonies. Barrett received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Alabama and his master’s degree in music from the University of North Texas. When not playing the oboe or making reeds, Barrett enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife, Sara, and their two rescue dogs, Maya and Amos. Barrett looks forward to guiding your journey to becoming a skilled oboe player.