Barry Bauguess and the Attack of the Clams

barryBarry Bauguess is one of North America’s most sought-after Baroque trumpet concert and recording artists. He is currently Guest Principal Natural Trumpet of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has served as principal trumpet with Apollo’s Fire, The Portland Baroque Orchestra, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival Orchestra. Barry also frequently appears with other ensembles including Chatham Baroque, Tafelmusik, Tempesta di Mare, Folger Consort, Washington Bach Consort, American Bach Soloists, and was a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for fourteen years. He has been a Kulas Visiting Professor in the Historical Performance Program at Case Western Reserve University and  the Baroque trumpet instructor for the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory.

In addition to his performances and recordings, Barry has given masterclasses and lecture/demonstrations for Cleveland Institute of Music, Toho Gakuen School of Music, Florida State University, UNC School of the Arts, BYU Idaho, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Maryland Early Brass Festival, Historic Brass Society and University of Northern Illinois.


  1. Some things aren’t difficult unless you tell yourself it’s difficult.
  2. Rehearse everything for the upcoming season every day as soon as the schedule is released.
  3. Clear your calendar for gigs that are really demanding so you can focus on just that.


While at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Barry had a major “clam” on an entrance on live TV. His colleague left a couple of clam shells on his stand the next day. He used a different trumpet just for the live TV performance.


Q: It’s 5 minutes before you go on stage for an important performance… What are you doing?

A: Standing back stage, talking to my colleagues.

Q: What’s the best performance-related advice you’ve ever received?

A: If the pay’s the same, play second.

Q: Can you share one tip for our listeners to help deal with stage fright? (Physical, mental, etc.)

A: Just concentrate on the music. Relax and breathe. Breathe will help you relax and play.

Q: What’s a non-musical activity that contributes to your success as a musician?

A: Bicycling and tennis both help with breathing and body awareness.

Q: Imagine you’re on stage. It’s the end of the performance and the audience is on its feet, applauding. They don’t want any more and they don’t want any less. Everything is perfect. What have you just done?

A: I’d play with all my early music colleagues in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy and we’ve played Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

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