David Perrico's Bio

David Perrico

Trumpeter, conductor, and composer David Perrico is one of Las Vegas’ most in-demand musicians. He has performed internationally with the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and has appeared at virtually every major Las Vegas performance venue. Perrico has been featured in headliner shows including Donny & Marie, Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton, Cirque du Soleil, Gladys Knight, and many others. As composer, he has received national awards for original jazz and symphony orchestra compositions and was recently featured in the Vegas PBS series artScene. The talented musician serves as an adjunct faculty member for UNLV’s jazz studies program and is music director for Zowie Bowie’s Vintage Vegas Show and Raymaley Entertainment’s Viva l’Italiana. Perrico has 11 CD and four DVD recordings to his credit, including The Family Guy Live DVD and the Grammy award-winning album One Voice by Gladys Knight. David Perrico Pop Evolution is the newest musical venture from the talented musician. Pop Evo is an 18-piece band that plays pop, rock, R&B, and jazz. Driven by an enthusiastic fan base and extensive media support, the band has quickly become one of the most acclaimed bands in the Las Vegas late-night music scene.

Performance Highlights

Donny & Marie Osmond, Gladys Knight, Phantom Of The Opera, Frankie Valli, Drew Carey, Ben Vereen, Rich Little, Barry Manilow, Blues Brothers/Bluzmen Tribute, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, B.B. King, The Rat Pack, Ruth Brown, Little Anthony, Four Lads, The Dells, Lena Prima, Susan Anton, Last Comic Standing, The Temptations, Zowie Bowie, Four Freshman, Pied Pipers, Guy Lombardo, Maria Schneider, Elvis American Trilogy, Lon Bronson All Star Band, Chuck Mangione, 2000 U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball, Petula Clark, Youngstown Symphony Pops, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Cruise Lines

Crystal- MS Symphony. NCL- SS Norway. Holland America-Veendam, Noordam, Maasdam, Rotterdam. Celebrity-Galaxy. Cunard- QE2, Crown Dynasty. The Delta Steamboat Company- American & Mississippi Queen.


David Perrico with Trumpet
Composition Awards:
"Archetype Dance"

Scored for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra won 1st prize in the 2006 Las Vegas Jazz Society's University Music Composition Competition.

"Fanfare of Light"

Scored for Marching Band was entered into a composition competition held by Youngstown State University June 1, 2007. The piece was selected by the Events Committee to commemorate the university's Centennial Celebration. The piece will be premiered on October 20, 2007 at the YSU Homecoming Football Game.


Scored for Jazz Ensemble and was performed April 17, 1994 at a fund raising event held for the Youngstown State Jazz Studies Scholarship. The 3 day "The Hat Is Back" event was hosted by Chuck Mangione and his quartet; Mangione responded by giving Perrico his trademark hat.

Youngstown State University Dana School of Music

Undergraduate Jazz Studies B.M.:
Tony Leonardi-Director of Jazz Studies, Kent Engelhardt-Jazz Theory, and James Garber-piano.

Perrico began playing trumpet at age 9. Studies at age 11 began with the late Esotto Pellegrini, (Principle trumpet of The Youngstown Symphony and professor of trumpet at The Dana School of Music).
Additional trumpet studies: Susan Sexton and Chris Krummel.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Adjunct Faculty & Conductor 2006
UNLV Jazz Faculty Ensemble 2006
Course Instructor for: Jazz Ensemble III, Intro to Jazz Combo, Contemporary Ensemble, And Beginning & Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Graduate Studies M.M. 2004-2006
Composition studies:
David Loeb and Joe Lano.
Filmscore study: Johnny Pate
Additional trumpet studies: Bobby Shew, Clint "Pops" McLaughlin, Jeff Kaye, Ray Brooks, Jeff Smiley, Jerome Callet, and Lynn Nicholson.

David Perrico Performing UNLV Highlights

While a Graduate Assistant at UNLV, David established the Entertainment Bookings facet for the Jazz Studies area, booking an unprecedented 50 engagements for the program over 2 years. This facet draws upon the students to perform with any of the 9 jazz combos at venues around the UNLV campus, Las Vegas, Hotels, and corporate functions. The Entertainment Bookings has created a valuable professional paid performance environment for students while in turn generating funds for the Jazz Studies Program at UNLV. In February 2004, David along with director of Jazz Studies David Loeb, also created another performance opportunity for UNLV jazz students at a local coffee house, "Rejavanate" that has evolved into a weekly "Thursday Jazz Night Jam" which fulfills partial performance requirements towards the undergraduate jazz degree program.

As a faculty member, in addition to teaching, David performs with the Faculty Jazz Sextet contributing original compositions and arrangements. Perrico has produced 3 CD recordings on the TNC Record Label for UNLV that feature the Jazz Ensemble 1 and Contemporary Ensemble from 2004-2007 conducted by David Loeb and Bruce Paulson. Perrico appears on 2 of the 3 recordings that highlight his lead & jazz playing, conducting, and original compositions. Under Perrico's direction, this project and future projects will collaborate with the UNLV recording studio classes to provide students the opportunity and hands on experience to produce a CD project from concept to completion.


Viva ElvisVIVA ELVIS - Cirque Du Soleil 2010

Lena Prima

2007 Reunion Album2007 "Reunion" UNLV Contemporary Jazz Band

2007 One Hand Album2007 "One Hand" UNLV Jazz Band

2006 "David Perrico in Concert" DVD/CD Presented by Las Vegas Jazz Society

2005 The Family Guy "Live in Las Vegas DVD" HBO Comedy Series

2005 Gladys Knight "One Voice"

2004 Ernie Krivda & The Fat Tuesday Big Band "Body & Soul"

2003 "David Perrico Live" at YSU Spotlight Theater DVD/CD

2002 Youngstown State "Tony Leonardi Legacy Alumni Concert"

1995 Barry Manilow "Singin With The Big Bands"

1994 Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble I "YSU 25th Anniversary"

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