Welcome to our family website. We are musicians and live in the northwest Kansas City metropolitan area. We are life-long members of the creative class and have remained professionally active performing, teaching, and recording for decades.
Our experiences include many successful endeavors and many learning experiences. We are empty nesters who believe in the importance of family and community service. We believe in entrepreneurialism and optimism.
Performed by Christopher Burnett Ensemble: Christopher Burnett – alto saxophone, composition; Roger Wilder – piano; Jeff Harshbarger – bass; Clarence Smith – drums; with Terri Anderson Burnett and Freda Proctor – flutes. Commercial studio recording. Audio Engineer: Craig Rettmer, C.R. Sound, Kansas City.
Our line of the Burnett Family was established in 1979.
We met while living in Europe as adults.
Both of us are professional musicians.
We dated a couple of years and got married overseas while both of us were still working with the Army band in Germany.
Our immediate family is made up of our adult children and grandchildren.
Our extended family includes many very talented people – our siblings and all relatives of many surnames whom we each grew up with while living the first couple of decades of our lives in our parents’ homes.
We love all of them very much.
I’m a black American with the Burnett surname and I’m from the Kansas City area. I have many Burnett cousins. The inherent demographics of our surname are interesting and show us as a relatively small population.
And, I met several of my actual relations from the McKinley Burnett line of the family (see above photo) for the first time a few years ago when I worked as the marketing director at the jazz museum in Kansas City. It was cool.
At this point, we have lived most of our individual lives together and as our own family. And, we have also made life-long friends who have known us most of our lives and become “part of our family” indeed.
This is not a genealogy site. We have had people on both sides of our families who have done decades of family history research. We are not undertaking that task. This is simply our family’s website and blog.
Burnett is an English surname. It is derived from a nickname from the Old French burnete, brunette, which is a diminutive of brun meaning “brown”, “dark brown”. Another proposed origin of the name is from burnete, a high quality wool cloth originally dyed to a dark brown colour.
Many musicians have an instinctive understanding of how musical sound interacts with our bodies. They know — they feel — that sound impacts our bodies in a way no other art does. Opera singer Irene Gubrud says, “As a very young child, I experienced who I was through sound. I felt whole.” Excerpt: ‘The …
We have always enjoyed each birthday and passageway during our life together over several decades. I don’t ever recall wishing I was “older” or “younger” than I actually have been at any given moment during my life. The fact is that if we continue growing and learning throughout the course of our individual lives, we …
Finally – finished a coherent and relatively succinct overview of our immediate family’s military service. The essay is titled, “399th” and tells the story about our life together over those two decades. We have it posted on our portfolio website. Click HERE. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures. And, we especially hope our …
With the advent of social media and email, most of our family and friends already have our contact information. We usually stay in touch a few times a week at a minimum as well. But, if you are not otherwise connected with us online and want to get in touch, click the envelope to send email.