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. While touring extensively with great orchestras like Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Mexico City Philharmonic, he has performed on some of the worlds most prestigious concert stages such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Barbican Centre in London, and the Kolner Philharmonie in Germany.
As an active studio musician, Perkins can be heard on several motion picture soundtracks including Avatar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, 2012, Karate Kid, Bedtime Stories, X-Men First Class and The Last Airbender just to name a few. Perkins is a member of the music faculty at California State University Fullerton and founder of the Barry Perkins Trumpet Academy which reaches many young musicians throughout Southern California.
Perkins began playing the trumpet at the age of five 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.