A native of Florida, Shawn Barat received the degrees BME and ME in instrumental conducting from the University of Florida where he performed with many of the university's ensembles on trombone. After graduation in 1995, Mr Barat took his first teaching position at Forest High School. Under his direction, the Forest High School Band attended the State Concert MPA for the first time since 1980. They recieved a Superior at the State MPA the following year in 1998, the first one for Forest High School since the days of Ocala High and Mrs. Browne' Greaton Cole. Enrollment continued to increase during his tenure. During this time he also took the jazz band to the first Jazz MPA, held in conjunction with Solo and Ensemble at the time.
At the end of 1998 Mr Barat left Forest to serve as the director at Winter Haven High School. He served there until 2006.
From 2006- 2013, Mr. Barat completed a seven-year tenure as director of bands at Douglas Anderson (DA) School of the Arts in Jacksonville. Under Mr. Barat’s direction, the DA Wind Symphony performed at the 2008 NAfME National Biennial In-Service Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 2009 FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa, the 2011 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago in December 2011.
Mr. Barat then served at the University of North Florida as adjunct professor of music and director of the Concert Band and the Osprey Pep Band from 2013-2015.
Mr. Barat started a new chapter in his career as director of bands at Buchholz High School in spring 2015, returning “home” to a band program he spent countless hours working with during his time as a student at the University of Florida. At Buchholz, Mr. Barat directs the Golden Regiment Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band; teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory; and serves as a cosponsor for the Buchholz Tri-M chapter. All ensembles have continued a long tradition of receiving superior ratings at district and state assessments. During Mr. Barat’s tenure, the Wind Symphony traveled to Washington, D.C., to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in April 2017, performed on the President’s Concert at the 2019 FMEA Professional Development Conference, and had been invited to perform on the featured stage at the 2020 Music for All National Concert Band Festival.
Mr. Barat continues to be an active clinician and adjudicator for middle and high school bands throughout Florida, and is an involved member of several music organizations. He has served three terms as Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) district chairman, is chair of the FBA Adjudication Committee, and also serves as a representative on the Florida School Music Association Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Barat has served as guest conductor for all-state and all-county bands, including the FBA All-State High School Honor Band and the FBA 9-Star Honor Band. Mr. Barat’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the American School Band Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Mr. Barat was elected to the Omega chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, and was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2014.