Dr. John D. Perkins


Professor of Music

Employee Since
  • 2004
  • BS, St. Cloud State University
  • MM, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • DMA, University of Texas at Austin


Dr. John D. Perkins teaches applied trumpet and horn, coaches brass ensembles, and teaches music history. His primary teachers include Raymond Crisara, Albert Moore, and John Aley, and he studied briefly with Frank Kaderabek and Don Jacoby.

Perkins has held trumpet positions and performed with a multitude of orchestras, most recently with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and the Columbia Civic Orchestra. He recently held the principal trumpet position with the Shippensburg Festival Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years. Repertoire performed in its entirety included Mussorgky Pictures at an Exhibition, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Strauss Death and Transfiguration, Stravinsky Firebird Suite, Dvorak Czech Suite and his Symphony Nos. 6, 8 and 9, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue and his Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony Nos. 3, 5, and 7, Bernstein Symphony No. 2 and his Chichester Psalms, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Ives Circus Band, Mendelssohn Symphony Nos. 3 and 5, Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Brahms Symphony Nos. 1 and 2, Bizet Symphony in C Major, and many overtures. He has performed several works as world or U.S. premieres with various ensembles.

Performing frequently for the Odyssey Chamber Music series, Perkins recently played Stravinsky L' histoire du soldat, Berg Chamber Concerto, and Martinu Le Revue de Cuisine. He has also played lead trumpet for the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, MU's Summer Rep Theatre productions, Stephens College musicals, and Video Games Live. He has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and has several recording reviews articles published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Perkins' applied CMU students have won the Collegiate Brass – Upper Division at the Missouri Music Teachers Association competition and have also been awarded honorable mention. His students are frequent soloists with the CMU Concert Band, and his brass ensembles perform repeatedly on instrumental and choir concerts and tours. Under his direction, the CMU Trumpet Ensemble was selected and performed at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference at King of Prussia, PA.

Adjudicating frequently at solo and ensemble contests, Perkins enjoys working with younger brass players. He directs the trumpet clinics for the biennial CMU Invitational Brass Conference and offers trumpet lessons and high brass clinics to middle and high school students.