Principal trumpet Brenda Barber is a charter member of the LR Winds. She is founder and member of Quapaw Brass Quintet, who performs throughout the state, and she performs for recitals, weddings, and church services. She has played with the Arkansas and Pine Bluff Symphonies and was the principal cornet of the brass band Solid Brass. She regularly performs with choral groups and church choirs as trumpet soloist or accompanist. She is a member of the Second Presbyterian Church Adult Choir and performed on their concerts in Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Scotland, and Canada.
Early in her band directing career, Barber was recruited into the information technology field and was a systems engineer with several different leading-edge IT companies, while maintaining a trumpet studio of private students. She is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild.
Barber studied trumpet at Arkansas State University and Arkansas Tech University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her trumpet instructors include Dick Williams, Richard Jorgensen, and Richard Grady. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.