Barb Schmit earned a Bachelor of Music Education in 1993 and a Master of Music in 1997 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She plays trumpet in the Lincoln Municipal Band, Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble, Monday Night Big Band and other area ensembles and works at the University of Nebraska Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Musicians Association and Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble.
Schmit was previously Research and Development Director at Arts Incorporated, a business that manages several nonprofit arts organizations in Lincoln. She taught music at Ewing Public Schools, Gretna Public Schools, York College, and maintained a private trumpet teaching studio before joining Arts Incorporated.