Tune into Celebration on the Daystar Network and check out the band. It’s great to see that the lineup of musicians includes a percussionist. One of the players sharing the percussion spot is Len Barnett. Recently, we met for lunch and talked about his musical life and working on the television show.
Mark: What inspired you to play percussion?
Len: I had relatives that were musicians including a cousin who played drums for Otis Redding.
Mark: How did you achieve your position with the Daystar band?
Len: Joe Ninowsky (Daystar music director) and I had worked together at Covenant Church…and recommendations from Tom Braxton and Dwayne Heggar.
Mark: Tell me about a typical day on the show.
Len: Sometimes I’m running across town from my job at Brookhaven College to get to the rehearsal. We start around 10:00 A.M. and rehearse until app. 10:45. At some point, we run some parts with the vocalists. The show goes live at 11:00 and we make it happen.
Mark: When a new song comes your way, what do you think about when constructing your part?
Len: Listening is very important. What’s the drummer playing? Which tambourine works best? What can I play to complement the music?
Mark: What are some of your other musical activities?
Len: I play percussion at Covenant Church in Carrollton, TX, accompany dance classes at Brookhaven College, and perform arts-in-education programs for children. In addition, I work with some jazz groups in the area including Freddie Jones and Tom Braxton.