what the profession says...

Derek Watkins has an international reputation as one of the best all-round trumpet players. Here is just a small selection of comments from some of the World’s leading composers and musicians.

When you speak of lead trumpets, Derek is “Mr Lead”

Dizzy Gillespie


One of the best players I have ever heard. I wish he was here so I could play with him more!

Jerry Hey - Los Angeles


I sit beside Derek in the studio and still do not believe what I hear. Apart from his wide range, he has a wonderful musical and technical ability which is second to none. I cannot praise this man enough.

Maurice Murphy

Principal Trumpet, London Symphony Orchestra


It’s always a good feeling when one walks into the studio to know that Derek is leading the brass section for you. He never fails to deliver the goods in aces and spades.

John Barry, Movie Composer


As far as all round trumpet players go - Derek is the finest of the best!

Ken Wheeler - International Jazz Soloist


Derek’s fantastic all round ability covers the whole spectrum of trumpet playing. From jazz solos to leads of big orchestras, his high register is incredible!

Tony Fisher - London Studio Player