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Barry Perkins


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Barry Perkins

Principal trumpet of Pacific Symphony since 2004, Barry Perkins has been hailed as "fearless," "first rate" and"phenomenal" by the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. Throughout his career, he has performed with many world-renowned orchestras, famous classical and jazz artists, as well as esteemed conductors. Perkins has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages including those of Munich, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Lucerne, Hannover, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen and Vienna, as well as those of the United States. When he was in his early 20s, Perkins held the position of associate principal trumpet of the Mexico City Philharmonic for 5 years. Since then he has also performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Baltimore Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

In addition to his live orchestra career, Perkins is an active Hollywood studio musician. A few recent motion pictures on which he can be heard are: Deadpool 2, Star Wars:The Last Jedi, Ready Player One, Jumanji 2, Orville, The Post, Downsizing, Star Trek Discovery, Logan, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Transformers:The Last Night, Spiderman: Homecoming, Cars 3, Rogue One, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Hidden Figures, The Big Friendly Giant, Independence Day Resurgence, The Secret Life Of Pets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Going In Style, The Magnificent 7, The Good Dinosaur, Peanuts, The Finest Hours, Monster Trucks, The Walk, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Pixels, Minions, Fantastic Four, Concussion, The Finest Hours, Big Hero 6, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Godzilla, My All American, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Blended, Agents of Shield (TV), The Interview, Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy, Frozen, Into The Storm, White House Down, Pacific Rim, Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters, Planes, Lone Ranger, EPIC, Monsters University, Oz The Great and Powerful, Wreck-It Ralph, GI Joe 2, The Amazing Spiderman, Snow White and the Huntsman, Men in Black 3, The Muppets, Karate Kid, The Last Airbender, Avatar, 2012, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Knight and Day, Wolfman, Couples Retreat, The Princess and the Frog, Wolverine, Tinker bell 3, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Hotel For Dogs, Bedtime Stories, G-Force, Miracle at St. Anna, and Repo Men.

In addition to his career as a performer, Barry is a renowned teacher whose powerful and energetic teaching style has influenced many young trumpeters to become great musicians as well as great leaders. He was a member of the music faculty at California State University Fullerton from 2007 to 2015 and founder of the Barry Perkins Trumpet Academy which has reached hundreds of young musicians throughout Southern California.

Perkins began playing the trumpet at the age of 5 under the instruction of his father, William Perkins. He later went on to study with Donald Green of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After graduating from Irvine High School, Perkins studied with Charles Schlueter of the Boston Symphony at the New England Conservatory before embarking on his career.