May 3, 2013 10:08 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Percussion Protege: UA freshman's notable performances drum up attention

TUCSON- He's only 19-years-old, a freshman at The University of Arizona, but Trevor Barroero has already earned the role of principal percussionist for the UA's Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

He started playing percussion in 4th grade. "I thought I would be a rock drum set player," Barroero says.

Things obviously turned out a little different for the Ironwood Ridge High School grad, but his future in music looks pretty good.

He plays all types of percussion, from the snare drums, to the marimba. "There's definitely a delicate aspect to percussion and a very melodic aspect when we're playing marimba or xylophone," Barroero says.

He practices six to eight hours a day. It's dedication that has given him a chance to study at Julliard for a summer and even earn a spot as a back up percussionist for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Barroero's ultimate goal is to make a career out of performing. "It's a blast to be able to share all this hard work that goes into preparing a performance and then the performance is sort of that ultimate pay off," Barroero says.

And even though right now Barroero isn't quite sure where he would like to perform, remember his name because one day you will probably see it on a prominent program.

This summer Barroero will be among one of the youngest percussionists to participate in the Aspen Summer Music Festival. It's one of the most prestigious classic music festivals in the country.

The festival costs more than $7,000 and Barroero still has to raise about $3,000.

If you would like to help him out, he will be performing at a benefit concert this Sunday, May 5 at Holsclaw Hall on campus. The concert starts at 7pm.


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