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Germantown retired music director is named Citizen of the Year

Jim Barnes, retired music director for the Germantown School District and Germantown community band director was named Citizen of the Year by the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Barnes, retired music director from the Germantown School District, said he must have taught between 3,000 and 5,000 students in his decades of teaching music. All his students were different, he said.

Some became professional musicians. For others, music became a hobby. And some joined band because their parents made them.

“I would find a way to make a connection with every student,” said Barnes, who was the Germantown School District music director from 1987 to 2016. “You have to make a connection with every student and attitude.”

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He said that everyone is affected by music. It surrounds us in our everyday lives, whether riding in an elevator, going to social events or even just watching TV. Barnes wants people to “understand, appreciate and love music.”

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