Anthony Barfield was born in Collinsville, Miss., and has received commissions from the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony and Joseph Alessi. Here We Rest premiered in 2012 at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Wind Band Festival. He has worked with the U.S. Army Band (also called Pershing’s Own), and he has also appeared at the Southwest, Northwest, and Northeast College Bandmasters National Association. He recorded his debut composition album, Chapter II, in 2013.
As a former trombonist Barfield has performed at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully halls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and at the Kennedy Center with the Black Pearl Chamber and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras, and with the Alabama and Mobile symphonies. Barfield was founder of Velocity Music and a former production manager for Juilliard Global Ventures. He received his BM from Juilliard and his MM from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied composition with C.P. First, Thomas Cabaniss, Avner Dorman, and Nils Vigeland, and trombone with Joseph Alessi, Per Brevig, and Dan Drill. He has been on the faculty of the Evening Division since 2016.