Sally Barr

Sally Barr made her debut with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra at fourteen, replacing a violinist who had to drop out at the last minute in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins. She soloed with the GSO twice more and participated in the All-Region, All-State, All-New England, and All-Eastern Orchestras before the end of high school.

Before receiving her master’s degree under Ron Copes at UCSB, Sally had the opportunity to work with violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Heiichiro Ohyama, Daniel Phillips, and Greg Fulkerson, under whom she gained her BM at Oberlin Conservatory. She has twice attended the Tanglewood Festival and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has also had the great fortune to work with violinists Gilles Apap, Joel Smirnoff, Mark O’Connor, Darol Anger, and Matt Glaser.  Sally had the distinct honor to work with the wonderful contralto, Dr. Victoria Hart.

While still completing her education, Sally joined the ranks of many of the wonderful musical establishments in the area, including the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, where she was Concertmaster from 2012-2016, as well as performing and recording with many non-classical bands including the Gove County String Quartet, Headless Household, The Rite Bros., and her own jazz band, The Sally Cats, where she is the singer. The band’s  second CD, The Sally Cats: On the Prowl, has been released to great acclaim!  

Ms. Barr founded the monthly magazine, MUSIC! The Sounds of Santa Barbara, promoting the entire musical community in the Santa Barbara, CA area from 2009-2015. The magazine featured interviews with musical celebrities like Branford Marsalis, Sheila E., Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, John Densmore and Dee Dee Bridgewater and regularly covered the over 70 professional musical organizations, theaters, ensembles, series, festivals, individuals and universities in the region each month in print and online. Ms. Barr wore almost every hat possible for the publication, including managing a remote team of layout designers, writers, the distributor, the printers, as  well as editing, copywriting, art selection, regular updating of the website and social media accounts, and coordinating with local entities and individuals for copy and advertising deadlines.


Since returning to the New York area in 2015, Ms. Barr has been fortunate to have performed with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra,  in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, and in the funk fusion band, Molly Millions. where she plays five-string electric violin, keyboards and sings.

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The Sally Cats

Saxphonist Tom Buckner has toured and recorded with Grant Geissman (jazz guitar player known for his amazing solo on Chuck Mangioni’s “Feel so Good”) and Luis Munoz (Latin jazz composer and percussionist.) Tom has performed with Jazz legends Flora & Airto, Peter Erskin (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald, Peter White, Rick Braun, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, and Ralph Carmichael as well as recording for Grammy winning composer Tom Snow.

Over the last 2 decades, the Los Angeles-bred guitarist, Brad Rabuchin has gained invaluable experience as a guitarist, whose resume includes playing with Bonnie Raitt, Al Kooper, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Miles, Jimmy Haslip, Pat Martino, Roy Hardgrove, Diane Shurr, David “Fathead” Newman, Ta Ta Vega, and even Mr. Tom Jones. He spent 5 years appearing around the world with the legendary Ray Charles. All the while, Rabuchin has also been honing his own unique musical voice and has recorded 2 CDs under his own name. Visit

UCSB Jazz Ensemble Director Dr. Jon Nathan has been a figure in the Santa Barbara musical scene since his arrival almost 20 years ago. He holds a BM in jazz studies from the U of M, Amherst, and an MM in Percussion Performance from Cal State Northridge. During his time there, he was introduced to William Kraft, and was asked to continue studies with Mr. Kraft at UCSB, where he recently finished his Doctorate. Jon has served as principal percussionist with the SB Civic Light Opera, is principal timpanist with the Opera SB, and frequently plays extra percussion with the SB Symphony, the SB Chamber Orchestra, and other groups in the SB/Ventura area. He was the founding drummer in the Animal Liberation Orchestra and played in various jazz groups in Santa Barbara, including the Nate Birkey Quintet. Among his multiple teaching positions in the area, Jon also serves as the Percussion Instructor and Percussion Ensemble professor at UCSB, loves the challenges of performing and teaching in both the classical and jazz worlds.

James Connolly has been Lit Moon Theater’s composer-in-residence since 1995. A highly sought-after composer for theatre, dance, and film, Connolly has composed and played ten complete original musical scores for Lit Moon, including Independent Award-winners Peer Gynt, The Master and Margarita, and Hamlet Jim is the founder, director, and composer for Gove County Philharmonic, composing material for two CD’s, Yes I’ve Been to Gove and Time Stops to Visit. Heard on progressive radio stations throughout the United States, the music of Gove County fuses complex musical idioms with simple American song styles, making the group a staple of the Santa Barbara, California coffee house scene. Visit