Mr. Farmer was born in Princeton, West Virginia, and educated in the Mercer County Public School system. He received his bachelor of music from West Virginia University in 1996 and has done graduate work at Illinois State University and George Mason University. In 1995, his saxophone quartet was a Young Artist Award winner at WVU. That summer he played in the "Untouchables Band" at Paramount's King's Dominion. He has also performed in the West Virginia University Wind and Jazz Ensembles, the Bluefield State College Jazz Band, and the Lynchburg College Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. He continues to perform with many local ensembles.
Mr. Farmer is currently the director of bands at Forest Middle School. In eleven years, he has generated staggering growth in the middle school's band program, going from approximately one 150 students to 400 today. Under his direction, the Forest Middle School band has earned consistent superior and excellent ratings at the V.B.O.D.A. District Festival. Mr. Farmer has served as a clinician in Virginia and West Virginia.
He teaches applied saxophone and jazz ensemble at Lynchburg College. Mr. Farmer resides in Lynchburg with his wife Lesley, son Sam, and their cat Murphy.