Darren Jenkins The gifted young composer, Darren Jenkins, is a native Kansan, growing up in Topeka, where he attended the public schools. He is a graduate of Washburn University and of the University of Kansas where he studied composition with James Barnes. An award winning composer, his works have been performed and recorded by various groups across the country, as well as internationally. He has written successfully for virtually every area of instrumental music. In addition to his work as a composer/arranger, Jenkins also enjoys a very successful career as a music educator.