This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with award-winning “Best of Las Vegas” trumpeter, composer, producer, and conductor David Perrico, who fronts his Pop Strings Orchestra in a salute to Black History Month, February 26 at 6 p.m. in a live stream from The Space. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Perrico talks about his ongoing (for the last seven years) commitment to paying tribute and honoring the excellence behind the music of black artists; his love of live music and the interaction it provides; the challenges of performing when the audience is not in the room; how he balances all his roles in a given day; and the importance of live music to the future of Las Vegas.
Perrico is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and has earned a B.M. from Youngstown State University and M.M. from UNLV in Jazz Studies/Composition. Since relocating in 2004, Perrico has become one of Las Vegas’ most in-demand musicians.
He has performed internationally with the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1994-2001) as soloist and Road Manager and been featured in headlining shows including Donny & Marie, Pin Up, Natalie Cole, Cirque du Soleil-Viva Elvis, Gladys Knight, The Rat Pack Is Back, Phantom of The Opera, Toni Braxton, and numerous others.