After being born over three months premature, with the medical predictions of brain damage and possible death, the Barber twins quickly eased away their family's worries, becoming academic scholars and prominent faces in Nashville's growing music scene.

As one might expect, the Barber Brothers come from a musical family. Sharing the name of one of jazz history's most unique and exciting practitioners, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, is, of course, no coincidence. Jazz appreciation runs deep in this family.

Reaping the benefits of a multi-generational household, the Barber Brothers were exposed at an early age to all kinds of music. Music like the soul-stirring gospel of a C.M.E church, Memphis' Beale Street blues, jazz old and new, and popular musicians ranging from Bill Withers to Prince. The Barber Brothers also inherited an appreciation of discipline and practice, due to their Grandmother’s piano-practicing in the home during their youth - which often was the soundtrack to their sleep, as she practiced until sun-up.

With an older brother who played saxophone already giving his twin brother alto sax lessons, time came for Roland to choose an instrument. Pursuing excellence in music was a given for the Barber Twins, even though they were just in the seventh grade. Roland owes his initial moments on the trombone to his middle school band director, Horton Monroe, himself a trombonist. When Roland went to sign up for an instrument, and noticed the popularity of saxphone, drums and trumpet, he inquired about other instruments. Roland thought, "I'll pick something not everybody is playing. That will help me in college." "How about the trombone," Mr. Monroe said. Mr. Monroe taught him how to form the embouchure, and handed him his trombone off the stand. "Now take a big breath and blow!"

The rest, as they say, is history!