“The orchestra sounded energized.. Trumpeter Barry Perkins had a field day.”

*Timothy Mangan - Orange County Register, Alpine Symphony review, May 21, 2016


“Handel’s “Royal Fireworks Music” sounded like a trumpet concerto.. lead trumpeter Barry Perkins turned in a magnificent account.”

*Timothy Mangan - Orange County Register review, Dec.07. 2012

“After intermission, St.Clair revived Gershwin’s “American in Paris” in a reading that seemed to swing for the fences, ramping up for the cinematic climaxes. Trumpeter Barry Perkins was especially fine in solos.”

*Timothy Mangan - Orange County Register review, Nov.09. 2012

“The concert opened with the “Prayer of St. Gregory” for trumpet and strings, a brief, meditative work full of religious feeling by Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000). The strings glowed euphoniously and Perkins, the orchestra’s principal trumpet player, soared easily and resoundingly. Lovely.”

*Timothy Mangan - Orange County Register review, Oct.11. 2011

 “The Pacific Symphony was electrifying… The young principal trumpeter [Barry Perkins] is phenomenal.”

*Christoph Zimmerman - Generalanzeiger (March 31, 2006) Cologne, Germany

“Mahler’s fifth goes down smoothly…. The brass had a field day, but special accolades should go to the fearless Barry Perkins on trumpet”

*Timothy Mangan - Orange County Register, Mahler 5 symphony review, June 17, 2005

“Guest soloist Barry Perkins, Principal Trumpet for Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, caressed Gershwin’s familiar tunes with suacy jazz inflections and a night-club crooner’s sexy vibrato… Perkin’s mellow sonority blended the trumpet’s brilliance with a cornet’s rounded edges and a flugelhorn’s creamy legato – quite a feat.”

*Kenneth Herman - San Diego Arts, January 21, 2009

“Three Dance Episodes” from ‘On the Town’ made a great opener…’An American in Paris’ Gershwin’s rambling tone poem, closed the first half of the agenda…New principal trumpeter Barry Perkins impressed in both works.”

*Timothy Mangan - Orange County Register review, Aug. 2004

“Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Jean Sibelius…the solo playing was first rate. Trumpeter Barry Perkins made notable contributions.”

*Timothy Mangan - Orange County Register review, Dec. 2005

“I aspire to emulate Barry’s powerful, and extremely musical style of trumpet playing that he demonstrates day after day.”

*Enrico Lopez-Yanez - Principal Trumpet of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Poway High School sophomore

“Even good music can be made greater by an even greater performance. Your playing of the Piccolo trumpet was on of those occasions for me!”

*J. B. Thompson - Audience Member – Verzion Amphitheater, July 22, 2006

“Barry has instilled in our students a sense of pride and musicianship towards the trumpet.”

*Mike Cook - Director of Bands – Poway High School

“His teachings has enabled me to reach new heights in my trumpet playing, plus…he’s cool!”

*Kent Heberer - Section Leader of the Poway High School Marching Band Trumpet Section