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Trevor Barroero

Principal Percussion

Dr. Trevor Barroero won his current position as Principal Percussionist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2022. He also currently serves as the Second Percussionist of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this, he was the Principal Percussionist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Adjunct Director of Percussion at Anderson University. Dr. Barroero has been the gold medalist of 13 concerto competitions, resulting in opportunities to perform as a marimba soloist in Canada, as guest timpanist of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia, and as a soloist and guest section percussionist with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He has performed regularly with multiple professional orchestras around the United States including the Atlanta Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, and many more. Dr. Barroero has performed for productions on Disney Plus, Hulu, ABC, and NBC, sharing the stage with notable artists including Christina Aguilera, Halle Bailey, and Matteo and Andrea Bocelli.

Dr. Barroero is a founding member of the award-winning Lineage Percussion trio and has presented masterclasses for tens of thousands of students around the world. As an endorsed artist with Black Swamp Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Balter Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, Dragonfly Percussion, and Remo Drumheads, Dr. Barroero instructs in-person and virtual students ranging from toddlers to adults.

Born and raised in Tucson, Dr. Barroero was selected as one of 22 Flinn Scholars in the state of Arizona and received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance with Honors from The University of Arizona, graduating Summa Cum Laude as the Outstanding Senior of the UA College of Fine Arts. He received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Georgia, serving as the instructor of Percussion Methods and as the Director of the UGA Steel Band.

What's your earliest musical memory?

“As a toddler and young child, I remember riding around in my dad’s pickup truck and walking around the house constantly hearing his amazing playlists. My sisters and I would always be dancing around to the greatest hits from James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Parliament, Ray Charles, Steely Dan, Taj Mahal, and The Commodores.”

Who are your musical heroes?

“My father was the only other musician in my family (he was a keyboardist, singer, and songwriter). He passed away before I ever picked up my first pair of drumsticks, but he’ll always be my musical hero since his passion for music was so pure and contagious that it continues to inspire me today. ”

What's your favorite thing about Tucson?

“My wife and I grew up here in Tucson, so we love everything about our hometown! We love the food, the people, the music, the hiking, and, most importantly, being near our family again after many years away!”