Barry and Pam Hurt both had long careers in Texas as public educators - Barry as a band director, winning four state championships and multiple sweepstakes awards, and Pam as a special education diagnostician and teacher. Barry has had an enormous impact on small-school bands as an educator, arranger, and as a founding member of the Association of Texas Small School Bands. After retiring and moving to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Barry decided to start writing marching show music for many of the small-school band directors that he helped throughout his career. In addition to writing music, Barry is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the country.
In January 2017, Barry decided to take a step back from his music publishing business and focus on his family and other priorities by turning over the administration of his music library to his long-time friend, Luke McMillan. Luke is a full-time marching band composer/arranger/designer in Texas who also focuses on young, developing, and small-school marching bands. With this new partnership, Barry Hurt and Luke McMillan Music Co. hope to help as many bands as possible to sound great, achieve their goals, and have as much fun as possible.