The Licking Valley High School Instrumental Music Program is designed to expose students to a wide variety of musical styles and performing ensembles. The goal in each ensemble is for students to master fundamental skills on their instruments as well as to develop a superior level of musicianship.

Private lessons are available to Licking Valley instrumental music students in grades 5-12. Interested students have the opportunity to study privately with studio instrument teachers. Lessons are 30 minutes long and include everything from basic technique to advanced solos on the selected instrument. Cost for each lesson is $15 per week. Lessons will be taught at the high school by superior musicians from in and around our community. Any interested student should contact Mr. Barrett for more information.


John Barrett - Band Director

Mr. Barrett serves as the Director of Bands for the Licking Valley Local School District. At Licking Valley he leads the concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble, indoor percussion ensemble and middle/intermediate school bands.

Prior to teaching at Licking Valley, Mr. Barrett served as the Director of Bands at Gallia Academy High School and Middle School in the Gallipolis City School District. Under his direction, both the middle school and high school bands experienced tremendous growth with participation in the middle school program doubling in three years. His ensembles consistently received “Excellent” and “Superior” ratings in marching band, concert band, and solo & ensemble adjudicated events at both the district and state level of performance.

Mr. Barrett is a 2012 graduate of Licking Valley and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). He has studied saxophone performance privately with Dr. Jeremy Long and conducting with Mr. Gary A. Speck. Mr. Barrett is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Music Education degree from Capital University (Columbus, Ohio).

Mr. Barrett is an active member of the Ohio Music Education Association, The National Association for Music Education, The College Band Directors National Association, The Jazz Education Connection of Ohio, and TI:ME (Technology In Music Education).


Jeannette Gunn - Color Guard Instructor

Ms. Gunn has taught and choreographed high school color guards and winterguards in the area for a number of years. Before joining the Licking Valley band staff, she worked as a color guard instructor at Utica High School and Northridge High School. Ms. Gunn is in charge of the Licking Valley color guard and winterguard programs.

Ms. Gunn is a graduate of Fairborn Baker High School (Fairborn, OH) and the College of Mt. St. Joseph (Cincinnati, OH); she received her law degree from Capital University Law School (Columbus, OH) and is employed by the State Employment Relations Board as an Administrative Law Judge. Ms. Gunn serves as webmaster for the Licking Valley Music Department website.

Jake Hunt - Percussion Instructor

Out of Huntington WV, Mr. Hunt is a percussion performer/educator currently working with Gallia Academy High School, Licking Valley Schools, and Marshall University while focusing on performance health, fundamentals, and critical thinking, Mr. Hunt teaches students of all levels and ages. Recently, he’s performed in Jacksonville Fl, Washington D.C. Richmond VA, and many other locations. In his Free time, he also teaches lessons to private students in WV and Ohio.

Licking Valley Music Department

John Barrett, Director of Bands Jessica Myers, Director of Choirs

Licking Valley High School 100 Hainsview Drive NE Newark, OH 43055