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“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