Cummings enjoys a distinguished international
musical career. Recognized as an author, composer,
conductor, educator, and performing artist, he
has pursued these activities successfully for
more than thirty five years.
His consistent and scholarly writing have produced three books, more than four hundred articles, scores of reviews and several editorship positions. His work is constantly cited in articles, books and dissertations by other authors.
The music of Barton Cummings has been performed throughout the world by such prominent artists and ensembles as Mark Nelson, Mary Ann Craig, Fritz Kaenzig, Janet Polk, David Deason, Bowling Green State University Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble, the Colonial Tuba Quartet, the Meridian Arts Ensemble Brass Quintet, the Tokyo Bari-Tuba Ensemble, University of Michigan Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble, and the Walnut Creek Concert Band. Recordings of his original and transcribed music can be found on Channel Classics, Crystal Records and Mark Records.
As a conductor, he has worked with such groups as the University of New Hampshire Orchestra, D'Albert Summer Orchestra, Greenville (Mississippi) Symphony Orchestra, Concord (CA) Concert Band, Golden Hills Touring Concert Band and Theater Concord (CA). He currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of The Walnut Creek (CA) Concert Band.
Mr. Cummings has been involved with music education from kindergarten through grade 12 and spent many years as a college and university teacher. He has held positions at Delta State University (Mississippi), Point Loma College of San Diego, San Diego State University and with several California Community Colleges including Diablo Valley College, Napa Valley College and Solano Community College.
An early pioneer in redefining the role of the tuba as a solo instrument, he has been responsible for commissioning more than four dozen compositions for the instrument. His recitals, solo appearances and recordings on the Capra, Coronet and Crystal labels have been critically acclaimed worldwide.