Mr. Baraclough began playing trumpet as a student in the Cortland City school district in Cortland, New York in 1976. He graduated from North Hagerstown High School, in Maryland, and a band of 170 members in 1985.
He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah College and Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia in December of 1989. He immediately went to work for Six Flags Music Festivals and helped run band, orchestra, and choral competitions in Atlanta, Toronto, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He began his teaching career at Moorefield High School in West Virginia. Leaving Moorfield in 1995, he headed for Virginia and greener pastures. He taught in Nelson County for 2 years before finally moving into his current position at Wilson Memorial High School in 1997.
Mr. Baraclough has been teaching in Augusta County since 1997. He has been an active trumpet player with the Staunton Brass Quintet, and the Colonnades Brass in Charlottesville, as well as solo and orchestral work along the way. He lives at home with his wife Denna, son Grayson, and daughter Emily, and their dog Bentley.