Kalamazoo School of Music Instructors




Josh Barrett


Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts - Music Education; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 1996


As an educator, Josh has taught 5th grade band in the Whitewater (Wisconsin) School District and middle-school band and general music in the Janesville School District. He also co-taught middle school band and general music in the Eau Claire Area School District. Before this, he maintained a private studio in the Milwaukee area.


As a performer, Josh has played trumpet with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, UWW Community Wind Ensemble, LGSO Swing Band, LGSO Brass Quintet, Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Chippewa Valley Wind Ensemble. Josh has also performed numerous times for church services and school musical productions in his former hometown of Whitewater, Wisconsin.


Outside of music, Josh’s hobbies involve silent sports including: bicycling, running, hiking, skiing, sailing, backpacking and more.


Josh has recently relocated to Kalamazoo with his wife, Carrie and is happy to be part of the great team of Educators at The Marshall School of Music.

Janet Channells


Janet Channells attended Western Michigan University for music education. Her performance experience includes playing in the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Concert Band. Channels joined the Marshall Music teaching staff in 2007.

Craig Freeman

Trombone & Bass Trombone

Bass trombonist Craig Freeman is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s degree in trombone performance from Western Michigan University.

Freeman has been an active freelance musician in Southwest Michigan, performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Battle Creek Symphony. He also enjoys playing in non-classical settings, having performed and recorded with bands such as the Go Rounds, the Macpods, and Last Gasp Collective, as well as artist Aretha Franklin. When he’s not playing or teaching, Freeman enjoys bicycle riding in the beautiful Kalamazoo countryside.

Mike Shannon

Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, & Tuba

Mike Shannon studied music education at Western Michigan University. He currently performs with several ensembles, playing tuba with the Battle Creek Symphony, bass trombone with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, tuba and euphonium with the St. Joseph Municipal Band, tuba with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and tuba with the Kalamazoo Brass. Shannon joined the Marshall Music teaching staff in 2010.

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